University of South Dakota – Vermillion, SD

The University of South Dakota opted for the “Run, Hide, Fight” concept two years ago to respond to threats on campus. But Lt. Jeff Rice said the University Police Department plans to send a few officers to train with the ALICE program later this year. The two plans are similar in nature, but the transition to ALICE by the UPD is to provide the same information currently being taught by the Vermillion Police Department, which adopted the training program last summer. Another reason for the change — history. Rice said the two incidents he and other law enforcement have learned from the most is the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado and the 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. “We learned from Columbine that we can’t wait for SWAT,” Rice said. “This is a dynamic situation… We need to train every officer so they can be that officer who can go in and be instant SWAT, for lack of a better word.” Read more