A first person look at active shooter training in Jackson, MO

Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 7:23 PM CDT
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Active shooter training is becoming more realistic and commonplace in the Heartland.
The sound of gunfire was replaced with the whirring of an automatic nerf gun Tuesday during an ‘ALICE’ training session inside the halls of Jackson Junior High School.

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It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and numerous police officers and community members were learning these techniques during practical drills

Lieutenant Alex Broch with Jackson Police Department says it revolves around three main options.

“Run. Hide. Fight. So if you can get out, get out,” Broch said. “If you can’t get out then barricade. If somebody gets into your classroom, office, or wherever you are then you fight. Than you don’t give up. You try to take over that situation from the person that is the aggressor.”

Banker Molly Davidson with Alliance Bank says she was skeptical about the benefits of the practical training at first but now thinks other banks and businesses should go through it.

"Active shooter situations are becoming more popular in the day that we live, Davidson said. "We hear about them all the time. I believe that this is an essential part of our life now. The more active an aggressive scenarios that we went through is a way to offset the shooter. We can distract him more and maybe save more lives. The ultimate goal is to save more lives."

Broch says one of the main goals of the training is to empower the people there to pass off what they learned to others.

“I think we’ve come a long way and I think more schools feel like they have the ability to do something then they did ten years ago,” Broch said.

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