Training for active shooter situations before police arrive
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. -- We already know law enforcement officers are trained and ready when an active shooter enters a school, but what about the people trapped inside?
The High Springs Police Department hosted a training session to get people prepared during an active shooter situation before the cops arrive. The program, called ALICE, was recently implemented in Alachua County schools.
Larry Downing, the High Springs Community School Resource Officer said, "You don't just snap your fingers and the police are there, there's a time delay, and in that time delay people are dying."
ALICE is a national program specifically designed for your average person.
"What can they do?" George Hunter, an ALICE Instructor said, "Sometimes it can be over in less than a minute. We teach them, empower them, and then practice the techniques we teach to show them that they can increase their survival-ability during an active shooter event."
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. In the first demonstration, participants were told to hide. Lockdown is the common policy for schools during an emergency.
"When something happened they would take the students, put them in a corner, shut off the lights and wait for further instructions. Based on experience I've had in the past, that's not effective as a way of protecting yourself anymore," said Downing.
During the lockdown scenario, 14 out of 25 people would have been shot, which is why Alachua County Schools implemented ALICE in their policy.
"It teaches them to react, they learn they can barricade doors, they can evacuate if it's possible which is the preferred method," said Downing.
There were faculty members, people who work with youth, and L.E.O.'s from surrounding counties who in attendance.
"This is for people who find themselves in a workplace violence, school setting health care setting," said Hunter.
The training session continues through the 21st.
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