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CSU works with NCPD to conduct training exercises on campus

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CSU campus security look on as NCPD SWAT evaluate a mock hostage situation. CSU campus security look on as NCPD SWAT evaluate a mock hostage situation.

As the sirens went off, campus security took notes. Charleston Southern University enacting an active shooter drill Friday morning, shutting down campus, sending out alerts and bringing in SWAT to recover a hostage and suspect.

Guy Van Horn is CSU's Director of Security. He explains that it is all about being prepared. "As we know across the country these terrible situations occur and we have to be prepared."

The more training there is, the better prepared the police and campus security are in case of true danger. North Charleston Police Central Bureau commander Joe Stephens led the drill, showing those on campus what a real life scenario could look like.

"We give them instruction, we tell them what we expect from them and what they can expect from us," says Captain Stephens. "On our end it gives us training with them to get to know us and get to know what we are going to do so it's not a surprise, because we want them to be desensitized.

"We train like this because we believe it's 'when' not 'if'."

It's preparing for the unthinkable - just in case.

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