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ECU POLICE TRAINING: Members of the ECU, Pitt County Memorial Hospital and Greenville police departments practiced rapid response techniques in July in Umstead Residence Hall on campus. The officers focused on real-life situations, such as hostages, a gunman barricaded in a room, and an active shooter in a building. Because these incidences occur infrequently, police must train specifically for those scenarios, said ECU Police Chief Scott Shelton. “It’s critical training,” he said. All 65 ECU police officers participated. “It is so important for all of us to be on the same page,” said William Anderson, Greenville’s chief of police. “We don’t want to see a similar incident like Virginia Tech, but we want to be ready.” (Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi)

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at