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K-State Today

March 25, 2014

K-State Police introduce new emergency training program

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

In January 2014, a school shooting occurred nearly every three days.

Kansas State University is introducing a new program that trains individuals how to make smart decisions in the event of a life-threatening situation and gives victims a better chance of surviving.

A.L.i.C.E. — Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter and Evacuate — is a training program created by a Houston police officer to increase survivability for those who find themselves in a violent, life-threatening situation like a school shooting.

Sgt. Chad Jager, certified A.L.i.C.E. trainer with the Kansas State University Police Department, says it is a proactive solution that gives people an option-based approach to an emergency. A.L.i.C.E. is not a checklist, but rather an acronym to remember different response options:

  • Alert: Provide clear and accurate information to the authorities as soon as possible.
  • Lockdown: Lock your room and barricade any entrance points.
  • inform: Provide real-time information and updates to authorities.
  • Counter: If you are unable to escape, attacking the intruder may be your last or only option. Use objects as distraction devices and work as a group, if possible.
  • Evacuate: Get out of the building or area to escape the attacker.

Currently trainings are only available for faculty and staff, but video training for students will be available in the future. For more information on A.L.i.C.E. contact Jager at 785-532-6412 or cwj7667@k-state.edu.