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Ohio University Police Department releases armed intruder training video

Video focuses on lockdown, counter and escape methods

If you've ever stopped to wonder what you would do in a dangerous situation on campus, there's now a video from the Ohio University Police Department to help you know how to react to violent intruders.

"ALiCE: Responding to an Armed Intruder" was produced by OUPD and University Communications and Marketing and is based on the police department's ALiCE training program. ALiCE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Escape. The short film focuses on what it means to lockdown, how to counter an intruder and ways to escape during a dangerous situation. The video is narrated by Officer Kevin Frith, set in various locations around the Athens Campus' Grover Center and uses University community members as actors.

"The real importance of ALiCE training is that it empowers individuals to act. Rather than feeling helpless because an armed intruder is threatening their space, it helps people to think about survival options, and illustrates in a very impactful way how effective those options can be," OUPD Chief Andrew Powers said.

The video is not meant to replace a full ALiCE training session, but rather point out quick safety tips and encourage the University community to consider how best to protect their personal safety and well-being. Police note that though the training applies to OHIO employees, those employees will often share what they've learned with individuals in their personal lives, spreading the life-saving information.

While generic training videos exist, Powers says it was especially important to produce an OHIO-specific video so the instructions would be unique to the campus and the community.

"I felt it was important to have an OHIO-specific video for a couple of reasons. First, while we hope we never experience a tragedy of this type on our campus, the potential exists for it to happen here and our community needs to see it as a local issue, not just something that happens elsewhere. Secondly, the visual impact of our officers responding to this type of call helps reassure our community that we are prepared. Our officers are trained—and retrain regularly—so we can respond quickly and appropriately to an armed intruder," Powers said. 

"ALiCE: Responding to an Armed Intruder" will be accessible on the OUPD website. Administrators interested in additional ALiCE training are encouraged to contact Captain Brian Kapple at 740-593-1911 to set up a time for the presentation. The ALiCE training takes between one to two hours. Public sessions are also available through OUPD on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center theatre.