Community Affairs

SPD Implemented ALICE Training In Local SchoolsThe Soldotna Police Department has partnered with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and other local law enforcement agencies to change how our schools will respond to active shooter events through ALICE training. ALICE is the leading active shooter response program in the nation, serving over 1600 K-12 schools across the United States.

ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training is a post-Columbine strategy that goes beyond the conventional lockdown procedure. ALICE is not a sequential checklist but should be considered a list of options that can be used to stay safe in the unlikely event of an active shooter. The program provides a list of five strategies, which are easy to remember under stressful circumstances using the following acronym:

Alert: Notify as many people as possible that a potentially life-threatening risk exists.

Lockdown: Secure in place and prepare to EVACUATE or COUNTER, if needed.

Inform: Continue to communicate the intruder’s location in real time.

Counter: Interrupt the intruder and make it difficult or impossible to aim.

Evacuate: Remove yourself from the danger zone when it is safe to do so.

According to the ALICE Training Institute, the purpose of ALICE training is to prepare individuals to handle the threat of an active shooter. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival while leading others to safety. Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this new set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of disaster. 

For more information, visit the ALICE Training Institute’s website.

SPD Offers D.A.R.E. Classes in Local ClassroomsThe Soldotna Police Department is proud to offer the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in local 5th-grade classrooms. Founded in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, D.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort between state and local law enforcement officers, parents, and the school district to prevent substance abuse and promote good decision-making skills in our nation’s youth.

The D.A.R.E. program teaches students good decision-making skills to help them resist peer pressure and live productive, drug-free lives. D.A.R.E. has adapted over the years and now incorporates the critical review and substantive contributions of highly respected experts in the fields of education, science, and law enforcement. The latest curriculum focuses on the skills needed to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. also meets the needs of communities and schools as it relates to bullying.

A D.A.R.E. Instructor must be a uniformed law enforcement officer and meet certain requirements before being selected to teach the curriculum. The basic 80-hour D.A.R.E. Officer Training allows a police officer to lead a series of classroom lessons in kindergarten through 12th grade.  

For more information about the D.A.R.E. program and its vision of “a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors,” click here.