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Violent Intruder Training-Evolution

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Technology Volume: 36 Issue: 6 Dated: June 2009 Pages: 54,56,59
Jonathan Kozlowski
Date Published
June 2009
5 pages
This article explores active shooter situation training for campus security responders.
In response to the tragedies of Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois, the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Concordia conducted training which included the campus safety department, law enforcement, county SWAT, the Department of Emergency Preparedness, which included the Office of Emergency Management and the local hospital and high school, as well as a few acting students from the University's theatre department. The training revealed more about communications than was previously considered. One aspect within communications focused on in this article is education. Understanding that each situation is unique, this article discusses combining training its officers and tactical teams with professional teachings as well as training geared towards the community. New ideas teach the public that they may have other choices to aid in their survival in the event of a violent intruder situation; one such illustration is the community taught concept ALICE, an acronym for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate. Information regarding specific training on the UW-Concordia training as well as advice on what to teach about how react to a violent intruder is discussed in detail.