The Knox County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County for their assistance in sending three deputies to become certified ALICE instructors. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The training is a new form of response to active threats in schools, businesses, churches, and other locations where people may gather. The principals of ALICE are to give more options other than waiting for help to arrive. The class consisted of two eight hour days that covered the aspects of ALICE, teaching techniques, and hands on scenarios.
The goal of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is to implement the training to all of the schools in Knox County and then branch out to anyone else who is interested in the training. The training would not only cover classroom instruction, but developing new policies and procedures and working with multiple agencies, groups, and citizens in the county. There would be no cost to the entity to host the training; it would be a provided service of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. If you are interested in this type of training or would like more information, feel free to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with one of the ALICE instructors.