Amherst Police Department prepares for a worst case scenario

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – On Wednesday, the Amherst Police Teamed up with the ALICE Training Institute to prepare for a worst case scenario.

The training was at the Amherst Regional Middle School. The goal, to prepare for a gunman. More specifically, what to do in the critical moments between when a person starts shooting, and when law enforcement arrives.

The training wasn’t just for the police, it was for school, church and hospital employees and workplace administrators.

Developed after the Columbine School Shooting, ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evade. Five things you should practice to prepare for a shooter.

Derek Jones of the ALICE Training Institute told 22News, “We provide options such as evacuating if it’s safe to do so, locking down and barricading so it’s enhancement of locking down.”

“A better solution than that is evacuating. Getting away from potential threats. And when all else fails, to have to counter and swarm or do something to have to protect yourself,” said David Knightly of the Amherst Police Department.

The two-day training continues Thursday. When it’s over those who signed up will be qualified to bring the ALICE strategies back to their workplace.

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