DENVER — With the Aurora Police Department on high alert after a dispatch operator received a threatening call, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz spoke out Wednesday, saying “it’s absolutely chilling.”
Metz was interviewed on “Good Day Colorado” three days after the call was received.
The anonymous caller was recorded as saying: “It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by their selves. This will go for the sheriff’s department. You guys are evicting innocent people. Let us catch you by yourself and it’s shots fired.”
“It’s something we have to take very serious,” Metz said. “People have said to me, ‘Well, police get threats all the time.’ But this one’s a little bit different. This is someone who really made a concerted effort to put that threat out there and really make us sit up and take notice.”
Police continue to investigate the call and it comes as a wave of anti-police sentiment sweeps across the country.
“We’re working on different leads,” Metz said. “We’ve made it our highest priority. And just a few hours after that phone call two of our officers were shot at. We’re not sure if the two are connected, but we’re not ruling it out.”
Metz said an emergency meeting was held Tuesday with the leadership of the department and officers to discuss training and deployment, and to make sure officers are staying the course.
All officers remain on high alert but assure that public safety is not threatened.