Active shooter workshop visits Girard

ALICE teaches locals how to protect themselves beyond typical procedures

A workshop teaching people how to respond to an active shooter comes to Girard High School.

ALICE training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) is meant to supplement "lock-down" or "secure-in-place" procedures used in public schools and  institutions.  Instructors went through real-life scenarios of active shooter incidents.  Then, participants got a chance to put what they learned to the test in an active shooter drill.

Coordinators say it's important more people learn how to respond in these situations.  The purpose of advanced ALICE training is to educate local and school-based law enforcement on what to do in an active shooter incident.

The quote on top of their website is one by Theodore Roosevelt:
 
"In any moment of decision… the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
 
ALICE was started by a police officer, Greg Crane, who wanted to protect his wife, Lisa, an elementary school teacher.  After Columbine, the couple started to talk about shooter scenarios.  After losing a friend and fellow officer in 2001, Greg really dug his heels into the current system.  Greg asked his wife what they did for lockdown and her answer is much the same as many other locations, lock down and stay quiet, but Greg didn't think that was enough.  
 
Since developing and beginning to implement their training system, ALICE has now taught more than a million individuals in 50 different states, including 600 government agencies.
 
If you are interested in getting in touch with ALICE trainers, please visit their website.
 
 

 


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