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ALICE Logo ResizedEducators and Law Enforcement in Washtenaw County team up to protect our schools

Local law enforcement to teach program to educators

Washtenaw County Schools, in partnership with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement agencies from across the county, are implementing an active shooter response program. During the 2013-14 school year trained law enforcement officials and school personnel will provide staff training that is based on current research shown to increase survival rates during an active shooter incident. 


Ann Arbor Police Department
Chelsea Police Department
Eastern Michigan University Police Department
Milan Police Department
Northfield Police Department
Pittsfield Township Police Department
Saline Police Department
University of Michigan Public Safety
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Ypsilanti Police Department

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Chelsea School District
Dexter Community Schools
Lincoln Consolidated Schools
Manchester Community Schools
Milan Area Schools
Saline Area Schools
Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Ypsilanti Community Schools

Overview of the ALICE approach

ALICE overview video

Organizations trained in ALICE

ALICE parent letter

ALICE staff letter

ALICE media release

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ALICE book mark back

An overview of the ALICE approach:

Alert: Sound an alarm of the situation at hand and call 9-1-1. Information of the situation should be provided by all means possible including the Public Address system. (Ex. gunman in cafeteria)

Lockdown: Doors should be locked to provide a time barrier and give students and teachers time to recognize the threat. If they are not in the danger zone they should evacuate as fast as possible.

Inform: If possible keep teachers, students, and police up to date on the shooters location inside the school.

Counter: Interrupt the physical act of the shooting. If the shooter walks into a classroom or hall and you have no escape route start throwing anything and everything you can at him/her to interrupt his/her shooting and his/her accuracy. This is a last resort and is a survival process to stay alive. If the gunman/woman can be overpowered by multiple people after being distracted and hit with items swarm the shooter and detain him/her.

Evacuate: We want as many people away from the situation as possible. If during the alert stage or any other stage the student is not near the shooter, students should evacuate as fast as possible.



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