SRO Cannon and Chief Jackson receive ALICE training
One of the top priorities of our staff is the safety of the students. The staff does extensive training on all types of scenarios in order to keep our students safe. In addition to the training of the staff, the school board has committed to and installed other safety measures. Over Christmas break, a special film was attached to all outside door windows to make it harder to break. Currently, the elementary classroom doors are being replaced. The old doors are half windows and the new doors will have a small window, thus making them safer for all.
To add additional safety measures, School Resource Officer John Cannon and Stover Police Chief Trampus Jackson attended ALICE training last week in Versailles. By becoming ALICE certified trainers, they will be able to provide extra training in the area. They will be able to provide this training to schools, businesses, and churches.
ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and evacuate) provides preparation to plan how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. ALICE training option-based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.
Officer Cannon and Chief Jackson attended the training Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, at the Morgan County R-II Middle School in Versailles. John Lubawiski, an ALICE instructor and officer with the Pittsburgh, Pa., conducted the two day training. A total of 21 people participated in the training, including people from the Stover Police Department, Morgan County R-I Schools, Morgan County R-II Schools, Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Department, Stoutland School District, Osage Beach Police Department, Lincoln Police Department, and the Hickory County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Cannon “Protection and safety must be the priority in an active shooter event or new situation.” Of the training, Jackson said “training consisted of scenario based training where future instructors were faced with the challenges of facing an active shooter, and how to properly alert-lockdown-inform-counter-evactuate if the time should ever come.”
Participants were also taught how to give the classroom presentation of ALICE and SRO Cannon and Chief Jackson plan to continue teaching and training ALICE to the staff at Morgan County R-I and St. Paul’s Lutheran School and to any local churches and businesses that are interested. Jackson added, “This training continues our efforts at the Stover Police Department and at Morgan County R-I to continue to give the students and staff a safe learning environment.”