Story By: Megan Anderson, Staff Writer
Increasing the odds of survival during an active shooter situation is the goal behind the Wright State University Police Department’s upcoming ALICE training program.
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and was created by two police officers, eventually leading to the formation of the ALICE Training Institute. The goal of the program is to help increase people’s chances of survival in an active shooting situation.
Sergeant Patrick Ammon is the leader of Wright State’s ALICE programs and believes it gives students “a basic knowledge of what their response options are and [makes] sure they have a survival mindset.”
The foundation of the program teaches students to run if possible, hide if that’s not an option and fight back if they have to. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
Students who come to the training sessions can expect “a PowerPoint, a video, and a role playing exercise. Then followed by a discussion,” according to Sgt. Ammon.
Sophomore Wright State student, Breanna Wetzel, went through the program last summer as part of training for an on campus job and identified the role playing exercise as the most helpful part of training for her.
“A guy came in and acted like he was an active shooter and we had to brace ourselves and prepare,” said Wetzel. “I thought I’d just stay in the room, but I ran for it.”
Wetzel recommends all students go through the training if given the chance.
“It’s informative and reassuring to know what you would do in a situation like that,” said Wetzel. “Since you get to practice, you know what your first instinct would be and it might be different than you thought it would be.”
While Sgt. Ammon suggests everyone attend ALICE training, he says there are other ways for students to stay safe on campus every day, including:
Wright State is offering ALICE training sessions on Feb. 9, Feb. 20, March 16, and April 3. To register for a session contact Sergeant Patrick Ammon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story Edited By: General Assignment Editor Julian Anguiano
Sergeant Patrick Ammon believes the ALICE program gives students "a basic knowledge of what their response options are and [makes] sure they have a survival mindset."
ALICE logo from https://www.alicetraining.com/
Address of ALICE training sessions:
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45431