It’s a situation not many people wish to think about — an armed person entering a school or workplace — but, for law enforcement and school officials, it’s a reality that calls for community preparedness.
The Wapakoneta and Cridersville Police Departments organized an active shooter training school for officers and officials throughout Auglaize and surrounding counties last week at the previous St. Joseph Elementary School.
Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate is the basis of the ALICE Training Institute, which led the instructor course.
Before ALICE, schools’ prepared response to an active shooter was a simple lockdown, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake said.
“This training gives them the opportunity to evacuate or counter if need be,” Drake said. “They have time to go out a window and give live information. We’re giving them options to heighten their survivability — giving them the tools, knowledge and power to be able to survive an incident if there happened to be a shooting or stabbing at the school.”
For the full story, see the Friday, Feb. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.