ALICE-certified trainer officer Ryan Meier of the Troy Police Department led the training for teachers, staff and board members.
TROY — Saint Paul’s Lutheran School teachers, administrators, staff, and school board members have participated in ALICE training through the Troy Police Department.
In two sessions, approximately 20 individuals participated in the two-hour training which involved video, information, and real-life scenarios.
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evaluate and is quickly becoming the new standard of care in preparing for the possibility of an active shooter in our schools. Some states have signed into law the necessity of schools becoming ALICE-certified. Other locations like Troy are blessed with a law enforcement that has proactively approached this and are providing ALICE training in an effort to help local schools be prepared.
The ALICE Training Institute’s vision is to have all citizens have the skills and knowledge of their options to respond when shots are fired because they have learned in the K-12 setting, just like they do when they hear a fire alarm. The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies recommend ALICE as the preferred response method.
Officer Ryan C. Meier of the Troy Police Department is an ALICE-certified trainer and led both sessions with Saint Paul’s. Meier, along with officer Chris Coyne, led the groups in learning more about the history of school shootings and previously used methods of defense, current situations and the persona of an active shooter, and what the effective use of ALICE as a tool to survive a school shooting will do.
In prior years, a “lockdown” was the only method used. It has been policy in schools, churches and businesses as their go-to means of combatting an active shooter.
“Yesterday’s lockdown-only response does not effectively combat today’s active shooter,” Meier said in his presentation. “An active shooter knows they have a limited amount of time until the police arrive. The responsibility for survival then moves to the organization involved, whether that is a school, church or other organization or business.
“The training we’ve received was extremely valuable,” Saint Paul’s Principal Bruce McLaughlin said following the most recent training session. “This is information we will share with our parents from preschool through eighth grade as we all move forward together to keep our students, staff and families safe.”
For information about the school, call (618) 667-6314.