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Campus Shooting Drill Prepares Police For The Worst

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Austin Peay State University campus police and Clarksville police conducted a live campus shooting simulation Monday morning.

The simulation was designed to prepare campus police and other agencies to respond to a shooting emergency.

It was organized because of the April Virginia Tech shootings, which left 33 people dead.

Clarksville police hope better training will keep that from happening here.  So do the parents of prospective students.

"It's important that officers who don't work together on a daily basis work together when they can because you never know when an active shooting is going to take place," Craig Gipson of the Clarksville police tactical team.

"Well obviously it's a good thing," said sound:  Penny Nannini, parent of an APSU student. "They should have done that before. I'm sure Virginia Tech wishes they had done it sooner."

Part of the lesson included class-time. Drill participants watched videos of what other departments do and learned how to move in a group, watching all angles at all times.

 "We can learn what to expect from each and familiarize ourselves with each other's techniques," said officer Timothy Adair.

The techniques could save student's lives.

"You can feel like there's a sense of security and something so tragic like that cannot happen again," said APSU student Gregory Orlando.

Clarksville police know it's training they need, but never hope to use.

Police said another benefit of the training is better communication among all the various law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

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