Princeton Police Respond To A Hoax “Swatting” Call Wednesday Evening

On April 5, 2023, at approximately 7:30PM, the Princeton Police Department officers were dispatched to Meadow Creek Dr, Just off of Highway 380 in reference to an aggravated assault, and possible barricaded subject.

Multiple agencies arrived on scene due to the severity of the call. Officers made contact with the home owner, in which the call was made in reference to. After thorough investigation, it was determined that the call was a hoax, “Swatting”. It was then determined that everybody in the area was safe and secure.

The Princeton Police Department would like to thank the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Wylie Police Department, and McKinney Police Department for their quick response and help during this matter.

What is Swatting?

Swatting is a criminal harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing an emergency services dispatcher) into sending a police or emergency service response team to another person’s address. This is triggered by false reporting of a serious law enforcement emergency, such as a bomb threat, murder, hostage situation, or a false report of a mental health emergency, such as reporting that a person is allegedly suicidal or homicidal and may or may not be armed, among other things.

The term is derived from the law enforcement unit “SWAT” (special weapons and tactics), a specialized type of police unit in the United States. These units are equipped with tactical gear and weapons that differ from patrol units, and are called to situations that are deemed high-risk. A threat may result in the evacuations of schools and businesses. Advocates have called for swatting to be described as terrorism due to its use to intimidate and create the risk of injury or death.

Making false reports to emergency services is a criminal offense in many jurisdictions, often punishable by fine or imprisonment. In March 2019, a California man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for carrying out a fatal 2017 swatting. Swatting carries a high risk of violence, and causes resources to be wasted by the city or county when responding to a false report of a serious law enforcement emergency, as well as liability if things go wrong. In California, swatters bear the “full cost” of the response which can lead to fines up to $10,000 if great bodily injury or death occur as a result of the swatting