ALICE Trainings help prepare for an active killer crisis situation
by Jaycie Wunder
Alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate are the five values of ALICE Training.
Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Tim Bryan, Sergeant James Welch and Vice President of Student Services Bill Rinkenbaugh are Butler employees certified to provide ALICE trainings.
ALICE Training, which was led by Welch, took place at 8 a.m. on Dec. 12 in the Andover 5000 building. Welch led the group of staff and students through each step of ALICE and provided live demonstrations with students and staff playing the active killer and the active killer’s targets.
“[There is] no reason you guys should just stand there and let something happen. No reason at all,” Welch says.
All enrollment management were required to attend ALICE training. Joyce Millard, Assistant Director at Accounts Receivable, attended the training mid-October.
“I thought it was very informative. It was good to know all the aspects. It was very well done and very necessary,” Millard says.
Some students have shown interest in the training, including Savana Blandamer, a sophomore at Butler and a member of Butler Ladies.
“I think it was very beneficial for me to take the ALICE Training. I learned a lot of information I probably never would have known before. Although it is frightening to think about being involved in that situation. I think it’s important to know what to do just in case it happens. The most interesting thing I learned was to think about any object in the room being a counter weapon. It just prepared me to be on alert rather than just letting it happen,” Blandamer says.
Old practices of lockdowns in schools during dangerous situations consist of turning out lights, locking doors and staying still and quiet. These practices have proved inadequate time and time again in cases such as Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook.
During ALICE Training, there is the chance to learn visually, audibly and hands on.
A slideshow is utilized relaying facts on past dangerous situations highlighting instances where ALICE could have been effective in increasing survivability.
The certified trainer providing the training verbally explains the acronym in ALICE and makes clear this is not a step by step procedure. The circumstance is to be analyzed by the person or group and then they determine which actions to take first that best fit the position of those being affected.
Participants are then walked through three different situations where an “active killer” enters the room with a pellet gun. First, the participants wait with the lights turned off, as has been taught in the past, and five were shot with the pellet gun.
In the second situation, the lights were off and participants were told to attempt to run from the attacker. Participants were shot but with targets moving, shots ended up being non-fatal, and targets hit decreased to three.
In the third situation, ALICE Training was implemented. The participants barricaded the door and waited to attack the attacker themselves. The attacker immediately had the pellet gun knocked out of their hand and was restrained to the floor. Once the attacker is restrained the weapon should be placed out of reach.
Weapons should be hidden out of sight, such as in a trash can. A weapon should most definitely not be in anyone’s hand, as to not confuse authorities upon arrival.
ALICE training has the mission “to improve chance of survival” during an active killer situation. It allows potential victims to increase chances of being fighters and survivors by enabling those in dangerous situations to take charge and not be sitting ducks.
Kansas law currently allows persons 21 years of age and older, and legally able to own a gun to conceal or open carry without a license in all public buildings, according to the National Rifle Association’s website. Campuses were initially exempt from this law but that exemption will expire July 2017 and students will be allowed to conceal carry on campus. Efforts are currently being attempted to stop the allowance of conceal carry on campus.
Additional ALICE Trainings will be held in February. Officer Bryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in attending trainings.