ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of shootings happening on school campuses has prompted Turner Job Corps to stage an active shooter drill Friday morning.
Turner Job Corps security brought in the Albany Police Department for the drill.....to be ready in case the worst ever happened there.
Sirens screamed as masked gunmen battle with Turner Job Corps security guards. Students lie on the floor acting like they are wounded. It was just a drill, but they wanted it as life like as possible. Turner Job Corps Security Manager Robert Gervin said "The way things are going in the world today, you've got to always be ready. You need to be ready at all times."
Another shooter fires shots and throws bombs. Officers move in to eliminate the threat. Albany Police stress immediate response to the school's security personnel, first on the scene.
Albany Police Gang Unit Commander Lt. Antonio Fletcher said "We've learned from other events unfortunately that time is of the essence. And you have to keep moving."
Turner Job Corps officials wanted to train with Albany Police, so they would both get the experience of working together.
Gervin said "Safety and security is our main concern for our students and staff on center. So we partnered with the Albany Police Department so we could be proactive in training our students and staff if it would occur."
Both agencies say the training could save lives if a shooter ever attacks.
Fletcher said "God forbid it ever would happen, a real life active scenario shooting out here. Now they would know what to expect from the Albany Police Department."
Albany Police had 20 officers and personnel at today's training. Turner Job Corps has 18 full time security officers on staff.
Turner Job Corps security holds drills three times a year, saying training is the key to safety.