Campus police teach YSU students, staff how to protect themselves

The ALICE active shooter response training programs are open to all Youngstown State students and staff

Campus police officers provide active shooter response training to YSU students and staff.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – With the violence on Ohio State’s campus still fresh in everyone’s minds, police officers at Youngstown State offered an active shooter response training seminar on Friday.

The ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) safety program is aimed at helping students and staff protect themselves in an active shooter or other violent situation.

“It kind of sets a mindset for a person not to be a victim, but that they have options in case something like this happens,” Chief John Varso said.

ALICE is similar to the program OSU put into effect Monday morning, when a man drove his car onto a sidewalk, hitting several people, and began stabbing others with a knife.

Although police offer this two-hour program every couple of months, they also hold more intensive five-hour training sessions that include simulated hostage situations.

The programs are open to all students and staff on campus, but are not mandatory. Varso says he is working to make ALICE training a requirement for future incoming freshman classes.

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