Owens training program provides strategies to counter hostile scenario


Northwest Ohio public safety, business and school officials, as well as first responders, who are
interested in receiving hands-on learning related to a proactive response to a violent attack on a large
number of people are invited to participate in a free A.L.I.C.E. training program at Owens Community
The training program, which is being held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month and the
college’s second annual Emergency Preparedness Safety Week, will be offered and facilitated through
Owens’ Department of Public Safety on both the Perrysburg Township and Findlay campuses.
A.L.I.C.E., which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, is a rapid-response training
program that is designed to educate organizations on how to proactively respond to a violent attack on a
large number of people. The program was created by Response Options in Burleson, Texas, with the overall
mission of reducing the likelihood of individuals involved in an active shooting becoming a casualty.

The Perrysburg Township campus will offer the training on Sept. 8-10 from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m.
and 7 to 9 p.m. each day. A.L.I.C.E. training in Findlay will take place Sept. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. and
on Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.
To register for a training session, or for more information, call (567) 661-2100 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext.
"Seconds are crucial in a life-threatening situation and A.L.I.C.E. training provides strategies for
victims to increase their odds of survival," stated John Betori, director of Public Safety/chief of
During the two-hour training sessions, Owens public safety staff will highlight various strategies and
techniques which enhance the traditional response "lockdown" protocol for individuals in a
hostile intruder scenario. Attendees will receive experiential training related to becoming better aware
of potential threats within an organization, as well as strategies and techniques to counter, confound,
confuse and defeat an active shooter. Such measures enable victims to take a proactive approach in a
hostile situation and get inside an attacker’s decision cycle by confronting the individual through
"organized chaos" tactics.

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