Tiffin University faculty members presented the active shooter training ALICE to Seneca County residents Thursday.
ALICE – alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate – is a comprehensive program that enhances procedures and policies already in place, Jennifer Boucher, TU’s director of safety, said.
Boucher and criminal justice instructor Lacy Ellis attended several seminars and training sessions and put together a plan to teach the ALICE program.
“We researched policies and plans and saw a necessary need to update those policies and to be able to train staff, faculty members and students correctly,” Ellis said.
The primary focus of the training was to look at the faults of the lockdown method, Ellis said.
Ellis said, “Be careful who you are training, you may get very good at the wrong thing,”
She said one fault to utilizing only lockdown is that it makes it more convenient for the shooter and provides him or her with more targets.
“We want to break people of those old habits and to be able to have additional options and to be creative with ways to survive,” Ellis said.
Ellis said the longer the wait for police, the longer the intruder has to target people.
“The lockdown procedure is a good start, and no method is really fool-proof,” Ellis said. “We just have to look at alternative options to minimize the number of victims.”
“We support lockdown as a tool,” Boucher said.
Boucher showed ways to barricade a door with an extension cord and a belt to prevent an intruder from getting in.
“We want people to think outside of the box,” Boucher said.
Another important part of the ALICE program, she said, is to get accurate information out as quickly as possible.
“Information is key in making good decisions,” Boucher said. “When you get the information, get it out.”
During the course, Boucher also discussed evacuation and counter methods.
“Whether planned or not, an evacuation will occur during an active shooter event,” Boucher said. “It is important to provide occupants with the ability and authority to evacuate.”
Evacuation maintains distance from the shooter, minimizes potential targets and removes the need for friends and family to come to the scene, she said.
Boucher and Ellis said they plan to give the course at least once a semester and to go out to school districts to present to teachers, administration and staff at a discounted price.
To request training, contact Boucher at (419) 563-5611 or Ellis at (330) 464-7977.