The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Services Division has been conducting instructional workshops for County Employees on things they can do if they are ever confronted with an armed intruder situation. The workshops are based on the ALICE program. The ALICE program teaches potential victims to make themselves harder to target — and that includes ways to fight back. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.
though your first thought about an armed intruder in a school or workplace may be, "That would never happen here in Anderson County," the reality of the matter is that these types of incidents can happen anywhere and at any time, including right here in Anderson County. And if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in the same place as an armed intruder, whether you're at work or in a school, it's best to be prepared. If you can run away reasonably safely, that should always be your first move. If not, you need to hide and barricade yourself. And if you come face to face with a shooter, then you will need to fight for your life. That’s the purpose of these workshops, to give options to our county employees.
County employees that have taken this training have found it to be helpful, and enlightening, with many seeing the benefit of expanding this type of program throughout the community. As a part of the program, important first aid basics are also taught.
These training sessions will be on-going, with the goal of reaching every Anderson County Employee. According to Anderson County Emergency Services Director, Taylor Jones, “Our goal is not just to make this type of training available to our county employees, but to develop a culture in Anderson County of being prepared to take action and to not to simply be a passive victim.” Similar programs will be developed by the Emergency Services Division for schools, businesses and even houses of worship in Anderson County.
According to Sheriff John Skipper “The reality is that Law Enforcement cannot be at all places, all of the time. When something tragic, like a school or workplace shooting occurs, citizens need to be prepared to take necessary action to defend themselves in those minutes that Law Enforcement is on the way.” Additional information about these training programs can be found at the Emergency Services Division Website, http://andersoncountyes.com.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Division works on a regular basis to plan for such situations as an active shooter in a school. Special teams, including the SWAT team, train on various scenarios.
Training exercises are held in cooperation with the various school districts in the county to provide a “real world” experience to better equip those officers that may have to someday respond to such a tragic event.