‘There is no sense in being in harm’s way:’ WSU police host ALICE training

In light of the recent shooting in The Oregon District, Wright State University’s Police Department (WSUPD) is taking steps towards increasing safety and knowledge of what to do in an active-shooter situation.

The dates and times are as follows:

Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 054 Rike Hall

Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in 134 Health Sciences

Oct. 15 at 3-5 p.m. in 054 Rike Hall

Classes are offered to faculty, staff and students without charge.

“Take the class. Knowledge is power. By taking this class you can assist police by knowing how to act in this situation,” said Sgt. Stephen Powers of WSUPD.

A.L.I.C.E. trainings are the number one civilian safety training provided in the workplace, according to AliceTraining.com. A.L.I.C.E. stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.

This training is being put on by Wright State University, specifically for Wright State’s community and anyone who is affiliated with the school.

“The premise that we go on is to run, fight or hide,” said Sgt. Powers. “If you can get away from the active threat, do it. There is no sense in being in harm’s way. If you can’t get away from the situation you’re in, throw as much chairs, staplers, computers, whatever is available to you at the person to distract the shooter.”

According to Powers, there are several dates scheduled for the trainings for which you must sign up to attend due to limited available space.

“The class itself is roughly two hours long. First hour is [a] practical, PowerPoint presentation: what you do when you run across an active threat. The second hour is putting what you learned into practice through practical exercises and scenarios,” said Powers.

Two officers will attend the trainings, one of which is a certified instructor who will lead the classes.

“We just want to get the word out, especially after the Oregon District; we want everyone to be educated on how to act in certain situations,” said Powers.