The report was put together by the state’s Task Force on School Safety and Security. Assisting with the creation of the report was Wilmington Police Lt. Scott Sencabaugh. Sencabaugh served as Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr’s, R-Gloucester, appointee to the task force. “We know that for our students to achieve at the highest level it is imperative that they feel safe at school each and every day,” said Gov. Patrick in a statement. “The steps we are taking will help school districts build or enhance safety plans that work for them. We are fortunate to live in a state where everyone recognizes the value in working together on this issue.” The task force’s recommendations move beyond lockdown-only strategies. The report advocates civilian training, especially for teachers and staff. The report also recognizes the need for training for situational response and the empowerment of individuals to make life saving decisions. ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evaluate, was one of the reports recommendations. ALICE is already endorsed by law enforcement across the country and in line with federal recommendations. Read more