CECIL COUNTY — Through a partnership between Cecil County Public Schools and the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, the two entities will be offering a two-day ALICE instructor course to neighboring school systems, law enforcement agencies and other interested parties in August.
The course will teach people to become instructors themselves so they can, in turn, educate others about how to respond to an aggressive intruder or active shooter event using ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) protocol.
John Roush, director of student and school safety for CCPS, said the school system and the CCSO decided to use their ongoing partnership to increase the number of people in the area who are certified to teach ALICE training.
“To have an opportunity to have people, not only from their agency, but the school system trained to be instructors in the area here without having to go somewhere else a far distance away was very appealing,” Roush said.
The two-day course will be offered locally on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Cecil County School of Technology. People can register for the courses at www.alicetraining.com by clicking on the “Training Classes” tab at the top of the page and scrolling down to “View the Training Schedule.”
According to Roush, having more school leaders and other individuals certified as ALICE instructors will make it easier to train new hires and other people who haven’t been trained under ALICE protocol.
“If you have more people that are knowledgeable about that when new employees are trained and when people that haven’t been trained already when they’re cycled through the training, then you have people that are trained and everybody ready to go to help out in that endeavor,” Roush said.
In order to register for the ALICE instructor course, people must have already completed ALICE training themselves, complete the online component of the instructor course and be recommended by their organization, according to Roush.