Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

ALICE Training was established by a former police officer. Fifteen years later, ALICE Training continues to be the leading active shooter training for police and law enforcement thanks in large part to the law enforcement community.

Lockdown was the standard active shooter response method for many years, but almost every police officer in America has had a conversation similar to this with their children: “If you ever see someone with a gun other than mommy, daddy or a police officer, you need to run fast.”

Police officers know the volatile dangers of any aggressive intruder and active shooter event. These attacks can happen unexpectedly and produce devastating outcomes within a few short minutes making even the fastest law enforcement response-time futile.

According to the FBI’s 2014 report on active shooter situations, 69% of incidents lasted less than five minutes. Consequently, 60% of incidents ended before police arrived. Police officers understand the necessity of teaching proactive safety and response tactics to citizens.

ALICE Summary


The Monona Police Department has sent several Officers to train as Civilian Response Instructor through ALICE.  The Monona Police Department has been offering this valuable training to civilians within the City of Monona. This training is available to any business, house of worship, school, or other venue located within the City of Monona free of charge as a public service.

We feel this training is maximized when civilians train in areas they are most familiar.  So we strongly encourage this training take place at your facility. If this is not practical, an alternate venue can be used depending on availability such as the Monona Library or Community Center.

Given the demand for this training, we will make every effort to accommodate as many requests as possible. If interested in this training contact Community Relations Officer Landon Flora and indicate your interest in the training.  

See link below for a host of valuable ALICE Training Videos:

It can happen here

  • The average Active Shooter event lasts 4 - 8 minutes.
  • Over 70% of Active Shooter incidents are over in 5 minutes or less.
  • National average for Law Enforcement response is 5 – 6 minutes.
  • Learning about these incidents and how to prepare can help save your life and the lives of others

Be Prepared

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Positioning in the room
  • Have an exit plan
  • Keep distance between you and the source
  • Create barriers
  • Defend yourself
  • Delay/disrupt
  • Learn how to recognize signs of violent behavior
  • Learn protective and preventative safety measures

If you See Something - Say Something

  • Always be observant
  • Be aware of vehicles which are out of place
  • Report someone who may be testing security or "scoping" a place out
  • Take threats seriously (verbal, written, phoned)