San Diego Community College District- San Diego, CA

“There’s certainly more awareness and more urgency for this type of training,” says Jack Beresford, communications director at the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) in California. SDCCD carried out a hybrid exercise for the first time in January that integrated active shooter training for law enforcement officers with ALICE training for civilians. Developed by the ALICE Training Institute, ALICE – which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate – teaches people to fight back when appropriate. Beresford says ALICE training calls for people to improvise weapons, like a chair, laptop or whatever’s on hand. It’s not effective if it’s just one person throwing a chair at an attacker, but if five people throw five chairs, that could be disorienting, causing the shooter to drop his weapon, allowing the victims to escape. Read more[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]