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Local Police Stage Emergency at Aflac

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Anyone driving by Aflac's building on the corner of Brown Avenue and Buena Vista Road Saturday afternoon may have been shocked to see squad cars at the gates, officers with their guns drawn and even the bomb squad robot in action.

But all of it was part of a planned drill run by the company and local authorities.

"The scenario here today is that an individual has gained access to our building. He has made some threats to individuals in the building and is potentially someone who could cause some harm," explained the company's executive publicist, Jon Sullivan.

The area's finest in fighting crime reacted to the faux emergency in full force.

The whole idea is to help Aflac employees and security be prepared to handle anything that could come their way.

And officials say drills like this also help keep Columbus Police officers and Muscogee County Sheriff's deputies on their toes.

"We do them different times during the year- different situations not just involving hostage situations. They also have gunmen situations. We also get involved in fake airplane crashes, things like that and disasters," said Columbus Police Patrol Captain J.D. Hawk.

"No company, no business, no one is immune to random acts of potential violence where somebody might want to do you harm. Aflac tells their customers that we've got them under our wing and we also want our employees to know that we've got them under our wing as well," added Sullivan.

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