Rockton PD ALICE Instructors
Deputy Chief Matt Hollinger
Sergeant Dean Camacho
SRO Penny Cure
Train-The-Trainer (6/9-10/14) ~ RPD Event
A.L.i.C.E. program is designed to
enhance current “Lockdown” procedures used
frequently in our educational institutions.
Tragic events in schools have dictated the
need to provide enhanced training to staff
and students in order to increase their
chances of surviving a surprise attack by an
Active Shooter. The A.L.i.C.E. program was
created by former S.W.A.T. officers shortly
after the tragic shooting at Columbine High
School. A.L.i.C.E. stands for: Alert,
Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
The implementation of
the A.L.i.C.E. program will enhance the
current protocol of Alert and Lockdown.
This methodology gives multiple non-linear
options for students and staff in the event
of an active shooter. The primary goal of
the program is for individuals to survive
first and foremost. If possible, A.L.i.C.E.
recommends having students and faculty
evacuate the building as a first option.
However, should that option be unavailable,
the next step is to Lockdown and barricade
the door from inside the classroom, exiting
out windows or other doors if feasible. In
the ‘worst case scenario’ event where an
active shooter gains entrance to a
classroom, students and staff will employ
Counter Measures that include throwing any
items available at the assailants head in
order to make it more difficult for that
person to accurately shoot at targets.
Another area of Counter is to use a swarm
technique to subdue an attacker (this is
done as a last resort when no other options
Contrary to the popular
misinformation campaign regarding A.L.i.C.E.,
the program in no way teaches students and
staff to fight a gunman. The notion behind
the entire program is to survive first and
to not become an easy target.
The below organizations
conducted research on active shooters and
all support the implementation of A.L.i.C.E.
in schools and work places:
The United States Department of Homeland
How to Respond
to an Active Shooter
NYPD: Active Shooter:
How to Respond
and Analysis for Risk Mitigation
The United Stated Department of Justice
The International Association of Chiefs of