This Peterborough Police release on Friday (March 17th) is a good reminder to all citizens not to transport unknown items to the police station...
"On Friday March 17th, 2017, just prior to 12:00 p.m., a citizen entered the Peterborough Police Station with an item to be turned in for disposal. The item was packaged in a manner that made it difficult to determine what it was and had the appearance of an explosive device. In the interest of public safety, the Police Station was evacuated and the immediate area was closed to the public until the device could be safely examined. This evacuation included the relocation of the 911/Communication Center to the Fire Station on Sherbrooke Street.
The Durham Regional Police Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) was notified and attended to examine the item. The examination by EDU Specialists has determined that the item is not an explosive device although it had several characteristics of such a device. The investigation regarding this matter is complete and there was no criminal intent by the citizen who brought the item to the station.
As a reminder to all citizens, please don’t transport unknown items to the Police Station if you are concerned about what it might be. Please contact the police and we will come and examine the item at its current location to determine what the best course of action is.
During this event, the Non-emergency lines into the Communication Center had to be unattended for a short period of time. However, the 911 lines were always available for any emergency calls. Effective immediately, all normal operations in the Commutations Center and at Police Headquarters are resuming. We apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may have caused and appreciate the patience and cooperation of everyone during this situation."