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Have You Prepared Your Community to Respond to Violence?
Every police officer wants to keep their community safe from harm. In fact, they tend to run into situations that most people would flee. Yet, the research documents that law enforcement actually has little impact on the outcomes of violent attacks, terrorism or active shooting — particularly in regard to mitigating casualties or fatalities.
According to the FBI, this is due to the fact that 60% of active shooter events are over before law enforcement can arrive at the location. This means that the real first responders must be the people who are on scene when the violent attack begins. Have you prepared your community to respond to acts of violence?
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.
As noted above, 60% of active shooter events are over before law enforcement arrives according to an FBI report. The real first responders must be the people who are on scene when a violent attack begins.
ALICE Training is delivered through a blended approach of education and practice involving mandatory e-Learning together with Instructor Lead Training provided by Certified ALICE Instructors (ACI). To become a Certified ALICE 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. Certified ALICE Instructors (ACIs) rely on the e-Learning to ensure their trainees are prepared.
While a duty to protect may not legislatively exist, every police officer feels and acts as if it does. Once officers understand both the fallacies and realities of these violent attacks, there is a desire to find a way to equip their communities with life-saving information that civilians can use to help themselves before law enforcement arrives.
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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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The Virginia Tech University tragedy outlines vividly why law enforcement officers should help prepare their communities to respond without their assistance to a violent attack.
Before the mass shooting occurred at Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus, the earlier double-homicide had been discovered, and was being investigated at West Ambler Johnston Residence Hall. The distance between the two buildings was approximately 800 yards. So with probably the biggest, active police presence that could be anticipated on the campus, including 2 SWAT Teams geared up and ready, law enforcement could not get the 800 yards to the building and make entry before 47 people were shot, with 30 killed.
These types of events typically start off very violently and last a short amount of time. If officers cannot get there quickly enough to have an impact in the outcome, the next best thing is for them to train their community members to try to help themselves.
With a proactive response:
On that tragic day, there were heroes who stepped up to save others.
Officers should become well versed in Violent Critical Incidents of the past. The goal of ALICE is to cultivate similar outcomes brought about by the heroes named below.