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UPD, JPD train in vacant houses at A-State

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

If you see an increased police presence at Arkansas State University it is only drill.

Arkansas State University police and the Jonesboro Police Department will be conducting training exercises Tuesday morning starting at 8 on the A-State campus.

The two departments will be practicing entering and clearing houses. 

The exercises will be in small houses near Arkansas Hall. The training area will mainly be on Choctaw Street and will not be open to the public.

Expect to see numerous police officers and vehicles, including the JPD SWAT team, on campus. There will be noises from the training, which includes breaching doors. 

According to Bill Smith, A-State spokesman for UPD, the training will be an opportunity to use the houses without having to worry about damage. The houses are scheduled to be removed from campus.

On May 25, an evacuation drill will take place at the Dean B. Ellis Library and ASU Museum.

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