BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The auditorium at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville was filled with citizens Tuesday night who want to be prepared in the case of a mass shooting.
The class was taught by the Batesville Police Department.
They teach the ALICE technique, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.
"The purpose of the class is to teach people how to react proactively to an active shooter rather than passively," Batesville Officer Scott Lancaster said.
Lancaster pointed out during the presentation that it usually takes five minutes for police to get on scene during an active shooter situation, so the actual first responders are the people under attack.
"It's not common knowledge but it is common sense," Lancaster said. "It's just not what we've been taught to do. For years people have been taught to just bunker down, hide under the table, and wait for police to get there. And that's just a recipe that will not work."
He said reacting proactively means assessing the situation and deciding if you can lockdown in a safe place, get out of the building and to safety, or confront the shooter if there is no other choice.
"We teach you how to counter," Lancaster said. "We teach some very specific, very proven counter techniques for disrupting the shooter's OODA loop as we call it, getting them distracted, taking them down, and ending the situation."
This class can be taught to any size group, so if you are interested in having the Batesville Police Department conduct a training for your business or organization, contact the department.