MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Middle Tennessee State University is conducting realistic looking and sounding law enforcement training exercises this week.
The exercises are being conducted at Ezell dormitory and the Tennessee Livestock Center.
MTSU Chief of Police Buddy Peaster says the exercises are not a response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut and Wisconsin.
“We’re not doing the training directly because of that, but those incidents remind us those things can happen anywhere no matter how much you prepare and try to mitigate or prevent bad incidents.”
An MTSU Police spokesman says officers are using real looking weapons and what they call Simunition, a non-lethal training ammunition.
Students are not yet back on campus for the spring semester and so not involved. Vehicles and pedestrians are being kept out of the training area with traffic cones and yellow police tape.
MTSU Police say they’re publicizing the training so that local residents won’t be alarmed if they happen to witness an exercise underway.