People Participate In ALICE Active Shooter Training In Sioux Falls

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We’ve shown you how schools and businesses use active shooter trainings to prepared for the worst. Now people from all walks of life are signing up so they know how to respond.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. At the University of Sioux Falls people are learning how to use those tools if they ever find themselves face-to-face with someone with a gun.

More than 40 people from schools, churches, and law enforcement are learning how to respond to an active shooter situation. On Monday they are doing different scenarios using ALICE.

“We’ll go through scenarios such as lockdown scenarios, barricading scenarios, evacuating scenarios, and we’ll also go through a couple other little surprises,” national instructor for ALICE training institute, Spencer Walton said.

South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper, Ashley Landon is participating in today’s training. It’s something she can use in her day-to-day work. 

“As law enforcement officers, I’m hoping to be able to reach out to schools and businesses and be able to provide them the resources they need to be proactive against active shooters,” SDHP trooper Ashley Landon said.

The scenario drills are meant to create realistic situations for the people participating.

“Why it’s important is to make sure people can go through and get the knowledge, and get the training, get the understanding that it’s ok to do what you have to do to survive,” Walton said.

The class continues into Tuesday. Rapid City Area Schools have implemented the training. 

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