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Law enforcement to participate in drill at Paulson Thursday

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Posted: May 14, 2008 7:29 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
    Citizens driving past Paulson Stadium this morning may be concerned about the saturation of law enforcement and public safety officials in the area, but it’s only a drill.
    Today Georgia Southern University will host local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as local medical and emergency response personnel  as an “emergency preparedness drill” unfolds, said GSU spokesman Christian Flathman.
    The scenario that will take place involves an “active shooting” incident, which of course will not be real. However, the response by agencies involved will be as real as it gets.
    The training exercise will involve multiple agencies including Georgia Southern University Police, Statesboro Police,  Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, Statesboro and Bulloch County firefighters, EMS, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency,  Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation, he said.
    The exercise will be held at the stadium, with investigative command posts held at the Nessmith Lane Continuing Education Building, he said.
    “This exercise is the result of a major collaborative effort between
local, state, regional and national law enforcement agencies,” said GSU Police Chief Ken Brown, who is also director of GSU public safety. “It has been designed to not only simulate an actual emergency, but to provide a number of challenging scenarios for participants as we work to improve our response and prepare for emergency situations.”
    The training is critical in helping various agencies prepare for  potential crisis situations, he said. The  drill will help improve emergency response skills and serve to help officials create response plans to minimize loss of life and damage.
    The main command center for the exercise will be at the Cowart Building on Lanier Road near the scoreboard end of the football stadium.

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