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A local church pastor wanted the public to know how to react to an active shooter situation.
So, Sunday night officers with the Hubbard City Police Department held an ALICE training session at Grace Lutheran Church. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
The training is done throughout Trumbull County.
Trainees are actually put into a lockdown scenario to best learn how they would, and should, react.
“We show early on in the scenario that when they go into a lockdown and hide and cower up against the wall, that you’re actually making it easier on somebody that wants to get at you, whereas when you create other options such as evacuating from the other side of the building, instead of waiting for somebody to come to you, you know you’re already out to safety and going to a safe place and call for help,” said Sgt. Robert Thompson with the Hubbard City Police Department.
ALICE is a national program with training done in schools and churches across the country.