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ASU & Darton police hosts active shooter drill

College leaders know they have to be prepared for danger so Darton State College and Albany State University campus police held a drill Tuesday night. (Source: WALB) College leaders know they have to be prepared for danger so Darton State College and Albany State University campus police held a drill Tuesday night. (Source: WALB)
ASU Housing Manager Shelby Joiner (Source: WALB) ASU Housing Manager Shelby Joiner (Source: WALB)
ASU Police Captain Marcus Guess (Source: WALB) ASU Police Captain Marcus Guess (Source: WALB)
ASU police said they'll train for that unknown throughout the year to keep students' safe. (Source: WALB) ASU police said they'll train for that unknown throughout the year to keep students' safe. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Last week's Americus shooting happened just off the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

College leaders know they have to be prepared for danger so Darton State College and Albany State University campus police held a drill Tuesday night.

Communication was the top priority during three scenarios. They focused on crisis intervention, domestic violence and an active shooter.

We got a first look at the domestic violence scenario, a common incident that ASU and Darton officials quickly learned to deescalate.

Remaining calm during an intense situation isn't just important for campus police but for ASU housing staff like Shelby Joiner.

"You saw how fast things escalated from us just talking to him being disrespectful to my mom, being disrespectful with me, trying to choke me and pulling out a knife on me," said Joiner.

In this scenario, Joiner was the victim of domestic violence after a heated argument with her boyfriend.

"This isn't anything you take likely," said Joiner.

Joiner hasn't witnessed anything this serious, but she said dating violence happens far too often on college campuses.

"We're equipped with the right knowledge to handle these situations that may happen any given day and any given time," said Joiner.

Campus police worked to quickly get folks out of harm's way.

 Communicating were part of what ASU Police Captain Marcus Guess evaluated during this active shooter drill.

"Team movement techniques are always to look at and improve upon," said Guess.

"We don't know what we're going into sometimes and it's the unknown that we're trying to prepare for," said Guess.

ASU police said they'll train for that unknown throughout the year to keep students' safe.

Early next year, those involved in tonight's drill will sit down and analyze the response.

The final phase will be a full scale drill in March involving all local first responders.

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