The Delaware State University Police Department and Dover Police Department jointly held an active shooter training exercise on the DSU campus during the early morning hours of April 11.

The exercise — initiated by the DSU Police Department — was a proactive drill to test the university and city police departments’ readiness to address such an incident within the DSU campus setting. The drill was a scenario involving three shooters, about 50 students, mock fatalities and injuries and a hostage situation in the Claibourne Smith Administration Building on campus.

The DSU police responded first to the active shooting report and received assistance from the Dover police as well as the Delaware State Police.

DSU Police Chief Harry Downes Jr. said he was pleased with the performances of the law enforcement agencies in the important exercise.

“These (active shooter) situations have become all too common at schools and universities across the country,” said Downes. “It is our duty to consistently train in an effort to save lives and protect our jurisdictions.”