HPD bringing mass incident training to Hub City

HPD bringing mass incident training to Hub City
ALICE training coming to the Hub City./Photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department has teamed up with an elite training institute to bring active shooter awareness to the Hub City.

Hattiesburg police are partnering with the ALICE Training Institute to bring an instructor to the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy for a two day training seminar.

"We want to be able to reach the general public, the business owners, anything like that so that they know that this training is available to learn what to do if there is some kind of mass incident at their business," Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler said.

The two day instructor course is designed to teach proactive survival strategies for violent intruder or active shooter incidents.

"We've never had anything like that here in Hattiesburg, we pray that we never have anything like that to happen, but should it happen, we would like from them to know what to do," Traxler said.

Traxler added that members of the department had been approached by multiple business leaders in the community.

"That's why we brought this company in to do the training, this is not going to be training we are going to teach, this is not for the police officers, this is for the business owner, the employees of the business and so that's why we want to make sure they're aware that it's out there for them," Traxler said.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, and it can be a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

The course provides individuals with certification in ALICE training and allows them the opportunity to bring ALICE strategies back to their places of work.

"A lot of what they teach is when we make entry into a situation like that, we've already trained on what to be looking for and this gives them the opportunity to know what to do, what we're going to be looking for as well, so that they respond properly to us, to be able to help them get out of the building as quickly as possible," Traxler said.

The class, which costs $595 per person, will be held Nov. 21 and 22nd at 53 Academy Drive.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Lt. Chris Johnson at Cjohnson@hattiesburgms.com.