Seattle Police Launches Anti-Swatting PSA Campaign

/ 6 years ago

Seattle Police Launches Anti-Swatting PSA Campaign

Police Crackdown on Swatting

Swatting is a term that describes a common malicious “prank” perpetuated on Twitch or YouTube streamers wherein a hoax threat to the police is called in. Usually a bomb or gun threat, requiring the need for a SWAT team to be sent in. Immediate threats to the public such as a potential shooter or bomber requires no need for search warrants, which is why it is the tip of choice for would-be Swatters.

Swatting incidents have even resulted in deaths over the past few months. One in particular involved a Call of Duty player dying over a $1.50 bet, making it even more tragic and senseless.

How are Police Addressing the Swatting Issue?

In order to minimize more incidents, police departments such those from Seattle, Washington are tackling it through a new ad campaign. This raises the publics awareness of the issue. Moreover, it informs others who are not as well versed in the gaming community of what it is.

Furthermore, the police department is creating a database and registry to identify would-be pranksters. Their solution is to have people create online profiles and note their swatting concerns in a service called Rave Facility. That could include information like the fact that they have a high-profile job that might lead to fake 911 calls. Then, a 911 dispatcher can check for that information and share it with responding officers.

The registry is actually an extension of an already existing program in Seattle called Smart 911. It lets people create online profiles to alert authorities about potential issues. However, that is mostly used by those with a medical condition requiring faster response. Hence, the need to create a new registry specifically for prank and fake 911 emergency calls.

Topics: , , , ,


By supporting eTeknix, you help us grow and continue to bring you the latest newsreviews, and competitions. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest technology news, reviews and more. Share your favourite articles, chat with the team and more. Also check out eTeknix YouTube, where you'll find our latest video reviews, event coverage and features in 4K!

Looking for more exciting features on the latest technology? Check out our What We Know So Far section or our Fun Reads for some interesting original features.

eTeknix Facebook eTeknix Twitter eTeknix Instagram eTeknix Instagram
  • Be Social With eTeknix

    Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Reddit RSS Discord Patreon TikTok Twitch
  • Features

Send this to a friend