"The discussion of the way the threat was handled may be directed at whether the public, once intentionally misinformed, will believe what they hear from authorities who often need the public's help, said Douglas Pettit, police chief in the village of Oregon.
Pettit, who has held leadership positions in local, state and national police chief organizations, would not speak directly about the SWTC incident.
"But in terms of emergency protocol, generally, you releaseas much information about the actual incident as you possibly can without jeopardizing any future investigation," he said.
"The reason you do that is that so in the future, you have that trust built up, and so people who might be affected by a future incident aren't going to think you are not providing them with accurate information," he said.
"The key is the perception of the public and the students and others that you are not releasing accurate information, and thus you may not get the level of cooperation from the community you are looking for," he said."