The resources expended Monday for Johnson City police to investigate a series of suspicious packages — ultimately found to contain mugs and plates left as gifts — left at four businesses in town did not interfere with normal police response to daily calls, according to local officials.
“We held six officers over from night shift,” to help secure the scenes, JCPD Maj. Karl Turner said. That freed up day shift officers to answer ongoing calls for service.
In addition to holding those officers over — anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes — the department also called out the Explosive Ordnance Device team, or bomb team in layman’s terms, to inspect and retrieve the packages.
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