Feb 14, 2013
By Briagenn Adams
For the past five years, the Ohio University Police Department has presented active shooter response training to various constituent groups on campus. This month, OUPD will offer public sessions of such training for the first time.
ALiCE—which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Escape—is a national program that trains civilians on responding to an active shooter situation. In the wake of tragedies such as the shootings at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, ALiCE training has been gaining significant interest throughout the country.
While the University already has an “Active Shooter Information” Web page, Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers said the ALiCE training builds on this information to help people plan a strategy for survival if a gunman were to stage an attack.
“The purpose of the ALiCE training is to provide members of our community with useful guidance for responding to an active shooter situation,” said Powers. “Even if unarmed, people can still evaluate the situation before them and make informed choices about how to respond.” Powers says the program will teach people that they are not helpless in such situations, and will provide them with a series of response options from which to choose, depending on the specific circumstance.
The 2-hour training sessions will take place twice, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, and again on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Baker Theater. This event is free and open to the public.