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JPD SWAT, UPD break windows as part of entry training

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

During this school year at Arkansas State University, the Jonesboro Police Department has worked directly with campus police on numerous occasions.

One of those times many may remember being when a man had a gun on campus in December 2015.

On Tuesday, the 2 departments worked together again, but this time it was planned.  

The sound of breaking glass near Arkansas Hall at A-State may have alarmed some Tuesday morning.

The Jonesboro Police Department's SWAT team joined with the University Police Department to work on entry training.

Lieutenant Todd Nelson with JPD said this type of training allows them to get to know campus officers so they can better work together during emergencies.

This training session allowed them to work hands-on, as well.

“Actually getting out here, working on doors that we can break and tear up helps us because it gives us some real-world training that we can actually take back to,” Nelson said.

Several homes along Choctaw Street will soon be torn down, so A-State allowed the two law enforcement agencies to get a last use out of them.

The focus of the training was the best and most efficient way to enter a home, sometimes being through both windows and doors.

Members of both departments said you can never prepare for everything, but being able to train like this better prepares them for another emergency.

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