NJ AG releases new guidelines for reporting school threats

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The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has released new guidelines for reporting school threats.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has ordered police departments to report threats immediately to New Jersey's Department of Homeland Security.

“What we wanted was no gaps in reporting. No gaps in response because the stakes are much too high right now,” Grewal says.

Previously police had 24 hours to report threats to the department. The new policy applies to schools, churches, shopping malls and any other target facing a mass casualty threat.

Grewal says that be believe that the more agencies involved, the less likely a threat falls through the cracks.

“We can’t just hang back and wait for something to happen. We have to be proactive and this is us bring proactive,” he says.

Mass casualty threats must also be reported immediately to the county prosecutor’s office.

The new rules come in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people died.

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