The Waldo County Sheriff's Office and Regional School Unit 3 invited ALICE Training Institute to bring instructor certification training to the district.

The two-day course began with an online training day followed by a one-day, in-person conference held at Mount View High School complex Sept. 25.

Deputy Sheriff and Mount View School Resource Officer Jordan Tozier took part, along with Detective Dale Brown from the Sheriff's Office. Mount View Middle School Principal David Holinger, Facilities-Transportation Director Peter Quimby and Waldo County Technical Center Director Kevin Michaud all became certified as well.

According to Tozier, the trainees created presentations and taught them to each other to show proficiency in teaching the ALICE model. "Our plan, as a group, is to bring the ALICE concepts to the schools we serve to increase survivability in the event of a violent incident," he said.

Superintendent Charles Brown said once the training is completed, trainees will be able to instruct the rest of the RSU 3 staff in these safety procedures.

The program is designed to teach proactive, options-based strategies to increase the chances of survival in the event of a violent critical incident. According to a press release from the institute, the program's strategies empower individuals to "participate in their own survival" in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives.

The program claims to improve chances of survival in any environment when confronted by an active shooter or violent intruder.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate, and completing the course provides individuals with certification to take those strategies back to their organization.