A.L.I.C.E. is a verified training program that gives citizens options when encountered with an aggressive intruder or active shooter in order to increase their chances of survival.
According to the FBI’s “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013,” 69% of active shooter incidents in the United States lasted less than five minutes and 60% of incidents ended before police arrived.
These statistics indicate that in the event of a critical incident, citizens must not wait for police to arrive. They must act to increase their chances of survival. For this reason, the Naperville Police Department offers free training to Naperville businesses, schools, houses of worship, corporations and other community groups in an effort to teach proactive safety and response tactics to citizens.
The options-based tactics taught in A.L.I.C.E. training have become the accepted response versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach. The following options are not meant to be followed sequentially.
A – ALERT – This is your first notification of danger.
L – LOCKDOWN – Barricade the room. Prepare to EVACUATE or COUNTER if needed.
I – INFORM – Communicate the violent intruder’s location and direction in real time.
C – COUNTER – Create noise, movement, distance and distraction to reduce the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Counter is NOT fighting.
E – EVACUATE – When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone.
The Naperville Police Department’s A.L.I.C.E.-certified instructors can:
- Present an overview of A.L.I.C.E.
- Assist in the review of a response plan
- Lead tabletop exercises to identify potential hurdles and solutions for your group
- Conduct functional drills to test comprehension and response
Interested in learning more or scheduling a training? Contact:
Sergeant Matt Egan