ALICE Training Blog

Sutherland Springs, Texas Church Shooting

November 12th, 2017|

It seems like another week and another tragedy. This time, a small community church in Texas came under attack by another coward, leaving at the time of this writing 26 killed and 20 wounded. The fact that this person is a coward cannot be disputed. What kind of person walks into a church during Sunday [...]

There Is No Such Thing As An Active Shooter Expert

November 6th, 2017|

I have now been singularly focused on preparing and responding to Active Shooter/Active Killer/Violent Critical Incidents (VCI - my preferred term) for almost 20 years. I have spent more hours researching this topic than I care to count. I have trained thousands of people on this topic. Through persistence and stubbornness, I was able to [...]

Tragedy in Las Vegas

October 5th, 2017|

Once again, our nation suffered an incredibly tragic outcome from the acts of a lone gunman. At the latest report, one guy with guns shot and killed 59 and wounded over 500 of our citizens. This event will be listed as the highest mass casualty shooting event that the United States has suffered. Now we [...]

US Congress Shooting and UPS Active Shooter: Lessons Learned

June 14th, 2017|

More senseless events occurred in our country today. In Virginia, US Congressmen came under attack while practicing for the annual US Congress Baseball game between Republicans and Democrats. And in San Francisco, UPS workers were shot while gathering at their workplace for a meeting. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted. All Americans [...]

5 Differences Between “Counter” and “Fight” in an Active Shooter Event

January 8th, 2017|

While sometimes mistakenly used interchangeably, the words “Counter” and “Fight” are very different in meaning, and endorse opposing methods of response during an Active Shooter Event. To understand this important distinction, here are 5 differences between the ALICE Training Counter tactics and competing recommendations that emphasize Fighting skills: Countering is Defensive. Fighting is Offensive. From [...]

Knowledge is Power: What makes ALICE different?

January 1st, 2017|

Purpose of ALICE Training and its uniqueness go hand in hand. We prepare and equip with knowledge against an active shooter or violent intruder event. Knowledge is power. ALICE equips individuals with knowledge and skills as well as infrastructure for Police/LE, K-12 Schools, Healthcare, Higher Education, Business, Government , and Houses of Worship ."It's not sufficient to tell [...]

In Response to The Mass Murder at The Orlando Nightclub

June 22nd, 2016|

On June 12, 2016 a lone gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub killing and wounding many in a horrific mass shooting event. As the events of last week’s tragedy weigh heavy, we continue to keep all of the family members, friends and all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers. We as a society [...]

The Importance of Solo-Engagement and being Proactive in Times of Crisis

February 29th, 2016|

The shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas on February 25, 2015 was a horrible tragedy. When human life is lost, there is no way to heal the pain that the families, friends, employees and community will feel after such a tragic situation. The workplace violence shooting at Excel Industries was no different in the [...]

5 Reasons Why Organizations Want Budget Friendly Training

January 29th, 2016|

There are many different types of trainings that organizations are required to complete on a yearly basis. The trainings range from fire drills, active shooter drills and other drills specific to the nature of the work. These trainings are important on many different levels, ranging from prevention of dangerous events to preparation for when an [...]

Lessons Learned from the Tucson, Arizona Shooting

January 8th, 2016|

January 8, 2016 marks the five year anniversary since the Tucson, Arizona shooting in which six individuals were killed and 13 were wounded; including U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords who was critically wounded. Giffords was holding a constituent meeting in the Safeway supermarket parking lot when she was shot in the head at close range. Giffords [...]

Teaching Children about ALICE

November 19th, 2015|

A topic of current interest in the media is that of how ALICE strategies are taught to young children. Active shooter or violent intruder events are alarming, however preparing children for the unimaginable event of an active shooter is important. This type of training for children is similar to that of the lessons taught in [...]

10 Ways to Prevent Workplace Violence

November 13th, 2015|

CNN states that each year, around 700 people are murdered in their workplace. Between the years 1992 and 2012, 14,770 cases of workplace violence were reported all of which were homicide victims.  These statistics are a horrible reminder that violence in the workplace is a very real possibility and a tragic situation. Many cases of [...]

High School Senior Petitions North Carolina Board of Education

October 5th, 2015|

As schools continue to look over procedures for addressing active shooter or violent intruder events, it is important for decision makers to take into consideration the opinions of all stakeholders affected by the new procedures. Making sure that administration, faculty, parents and students are in support of the procedures being implemented at the school is [...]

5 Suggestions for Parents to Make to School Administration

September 30th, 2015|

When you send your child to school, it is important to know that their safety is a priority to the school. A Gallup Poll finding from August says that three in ten parents worry about their child’s safety at school. One way to ensure the safety of your child while they are at school is [...]

10 Questions for Parents to Ask School Administration

September 30th, 2015|

Based on the findings from a Gallup Poll from August, three in ten parents worry about their child’s safety at school. Although the number has decreased since the tragedy of Sandy Hook, concerns still remain. The safety of our children is of the utmost importance. There are many types of dangers both natural and man-made that [...]

ALICE Presents the First Annual Jake Ryker HERO Award

July 7th, 2015|

ALICE Training Institute and NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers) were pleased to present the First Annual Jake Ryker HERO Award to Jake Ryker on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the 2015 NASRO National Conference. About Jake Ryker  Jake Ryker is the hero who responded proactively to stop the Thurston High School Shooting. On May [...]

Church Security and the 2015 Charleston Shooting

June 19th, 2015|

On Wednesday June 17, a lone gunman opened fire inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina. While investigations continue, we may never have all the questions answered but we WILL learn lessons in hindsight. We always do. This was not the first church to come under attack and won’t be the last. Many Houses of [...]