DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System is working to better protect students and staff.
They held an active shooter tabletop exercise with local law enforcement to establish the responsibilities each agency would have if there were ever to be an active shooter situation in a Dougherty County school.
Dougherty County School Police, Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Police, EMS, Albany Fire Department, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and Albany Tech Police gathered to discuss the best way to handle an active shooter situation.
"If something were to happen, they would come to assist us," said Dougherty County School's Police Chief Troy Conley.
They established the responsibilities that each agency would have, how they would communicate, who would take care of what part of the building, and to make sure no parts of the emergency plan were missing and talk about possible scenarios.
"We want to be most effective in the event that we have a situation that would require this type of response," said Conley.
Superintendent Kenneth Dyer explained that safety is one of the focus points for the Dougherty County School system and this plan will apply to all schools in the district.
"We don't want the first time to experience this type of collaboration to be when something happens. We want to train to ensure we are prepared," said Dyer.
The safety plan will now be reviewed by the state of Georgia and put into place this upcoming school year.