Kirksville School Resource Officer Sara Holzmeier traveled to Columbia to attend a three day course in ALICE, or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. KMZU’s Chasity Anderson spoke with Officer Holzmeier…

Sara Holzmeier

News Release Provided by the Kirksville Police Department:

Officer Sara Holzmeier recently trained in A.L.I.C.E: Alert,Lockdown,Inform,Counter,&Evacuate-promoting safe schools

Kirksville, MO —–  School Resource Officer Sara Holzmeier traveled to Columbia, Missouri,  this week to attend a three day instructor course in ALICE, or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. The idea behind this program is to give individuals survival options when faced with an active shooter into their school or workplace. 

The ALICE program promotes those in immediate danger of a threat to be proactive.   Once individuals have been alerted to an intruder in there building, they have options.  They can choose to escape, barricade themselves, or distract the intruder and gain control of him/her if necessary.  
 
In the past, the message has been when an intruder enters a school or place of business to lock down — turn out the lights, lock the door and hide under desk.  That method alone has proven ineffective. “The individuals at Columbine and Virginia Tech did what they were trained to do,” said Officer Holzmeier. “Stay put, hide, and help would come to you.”

The problem with what was taught in the past is that people are dying while waiting for police.  Past events have shown us that most active shooting incidents are stopped by the subject killing themselves or by civilian intervention.  A majority of these shooting incidents are over within 5-8 minutes.   The average police response time is 3-5 minutes.  ALICE teaches those in immediate danger to take action because they are the real First Responders. 

While the idea doesn’t always sit well with people, Holzmeier said, the ALICE program promotes the idea that it is better to do something rather than nothing at all. “The ALICE program teaches common sense techniques and is something everyone should be trained in.  Times have changed, and we have to change with those times,” Holzmeier said.

Now that Officer Holzmeier has completed this training, we have the local expertise to train local schools and businesses on how to respond to these situations.  If you would like Officer Holzmeier to give a presentation to your staff, students, or employees, please call the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945 between 8 a.m.  – 5 p.m.  to set a time and date for training.