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According to federal government reports, the nation’s schools represent only 8% of the buildings in our country, but these locations experienced 23% of all violent attacks in the United States from 2000-2015. Note, most of the time the attacker is one of the students.

The ALICE Solution

ALICE empowers unarmed people collectively to save more lives during any violent attack — terrorist attacks, active shooter events, and violence. Rather than waiting passively for the police to arrive, ALICE empowers people. This is achieved by cultivating a survival mindset and instilling confidence in how skills already known can have a great impact on increasing survival with ALICE proactive, options-based training. These ALICE protocols transfer the power from the attacker to the victims and turn everyday actions into life saving measures.

The real first responders must be the people who are on scene when a violent attack begins because 60% of active shooter events are over before law enforcement arrives according to a FBI report.

ALICE Training is delivered through a blended approach of education and practice involving mandatory e-Learning together with Instructor Lead Training provided by ALICE Certified Instructors (ACI). To become an ALICE Certified Instructor, register for a course near you. Please note that the e-Learning course is available immediately after registering and provides the framework for attending the training and participating in the practice drills. The ALICE blended method ensures that attendees have the basic knowledge and preparation required to engage in the practical drill portion. It is an essential part of the ALICE toolbox where the strategies and principles of ALICE are defined and explained. ALICE Certified Instructors (ACIs) rely on the e-Learning to ensure their trainees are prepared.

ALICE Is Age-Appropriate

You can teach children about school security without scaring them – You just need to know how. Young people are at risk of assault, abduction, and abuse even in caring families, schools, and communities. Skills and knowledge are the keys to keeping kids safe.

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In 2013, the US Department of Education issued safety guidance on active shooter response in schools. The updated guidance included a move to proactive, options-based response.

While this document suggests protocols and procedures that mirror the concepts established by ALICE over a decade earlier, the document does not offer a training program.

ALICE not only answers the “What do we do?” question, but we specialize in offering training programs that are assured through research to obtain the highest degree of learning retention.

This, along with the ALICE testing, tracking and reporting capabilities provide your organization with all the tools you need to satisfy all legal requirements, and most importantly, provide your personnel with tools that have been empirically proven to save more lives.

ALICE is in line with recommendations by federal and state government agencies across the US: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); US Department of Education; State of Alabama; State of Massachusetts; Ohio Attorney General; State of Illinois; State of Minnesota; State of Vermont; among others.

ALICE strategies are the national standard for preparation and training in responding to violent situations, and after 15 years these strategies are now mandated by the federal government for executive branch employees.

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Why training like ALICE is needed and has been adopted by the Federal Government as the standard of care since 2013.

Without a proactive response:

On April 20, 1999, two students entered Columbine High School to carry out a deadly and violent attack. They had planned a complex siege using firearms and explosive devices. When the attack began, an officer was already on campus and exchanged fire with the students on their way into the building. Protocols for law enforcement response at the time were to wait for SWAT to arrive. While law enforcement gathered outside of the building, there were individuals inside who had the opportunity to evacuate from the building, particularly from the library. But these individuals had not been authorized or trained to evacuate. Ultimately, the attack left 13 killed, 24 wounded, and the attackers committed suicide.

With a proactive response:

On May 21, 1998, a suspended student attacked the campus of Thurston High School in Oregon. The attacker shot two students in the patio area and moved to the cafeteria to continue his shooting. Ultimately, the attack left 2 students killed and 24 students wounded before students were able to subdue the attacker.

On that tragic day, there were heroes who stepped up to save others. Their actions did not require years of building special skills. They engaged in physical skills everyone knows, and ones that practically anyone can do.

First, student Jake Ryker, who had already been shot, tackled the gunman. While wrestling the gun away, Jake was shot another time, this time in the finger. Then other students joined Jake in subduing the attacker and holding him down until police arrived. These students were Josh Ryker, Adam Walburger, Doug Ure, and David Ure.

These individuals are heroes who bravely took action in the face of grave tragedy to help save others.