Monroe PD training city employees on active shooter situations
The Monroe Police Department held a seminar to teach city workers how to respond to an active shooter situation Tuesday morning.
The meeting was led by MPD Detective Chris Bates at the Civic Center.
Bates educated employees about the ALICE, or "Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate," method of response. He said this method encourages people to explore their options, rather than the traditional response of hiding during an emergency.
According to research from Texas State University, half of the shootings in the country are over by the time police get there. Bates said this could force people to take a more active role, rather than simply staying in one place. This could range from barricading doors to countering the attacker if need be.
Bates said this is training could potentially save lives.
"I mean we train so much for fire drills and tornado drills, but I think we undermine the active shooter situation," said Bates. "And it's not to induce fear, but to educate what to do if you're ever faced with an active shooter situation."