APS takes new approach to active shooter training
September 24, 2018 06:04 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Albuquerque Public Schools and law enforcement are taking a new approach to training teachers, students and staff how to respond to a school shooting.
"And it will come into play when there is a serious incident on campus,” said the district’s chief operating officer, Scott Elder. “Hopefully we will never have to use these protocols or processes."
APS says its old training system is outdated, pointing to prior shootings where multiple victims were shot while hiding in lockdown.
The district will now use the ALICE Training model, which advises to alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.
"In the past, it was, 'lock your door, hide and wait for someone to come get you,'” said Elder. “Now we're doing a lot more in terms of providing information to adults and children on campus and allowing them with proper training to make good decisions to keep kids safe."
That includes escaping with students if it's safe to leave.
The district is currently in the process of training its staff on the new procedures and making other security improvements, such as additional fencing and security camera upgrades.
"We're upgrading our dispatch center and what's going to happen is we're going to be able to tie into the real time crime center and have some really great communication, some solid communication in case something happens," said Elder.
Created: September 24, 2018 06:04 PM
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