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Active Shooter Response Program

general info

A.L.i.C.E. is a program designed to increase your chances of surviving an active shooter or violent intruder event on campus.  The program utilizes five key components; Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, and Escape and encourages community members to take an active role in their own survival.

Planning for an active shooter/violent intruder incident is not something that should be a priority in any school setting, however the significant increase in violence at schools from grade-school through college now necessitates that every member of a community plan for the unthinkable.  Incidents such as Columbine, Northern Illinois University, and Virginia Tech are the notable events, however school violence is something that occurs on a daily basis in the United States today.  What the A.L.i.C.E. program teaches is how to utilize the strategies that have been proven to work best during such incidents and how to maximize the available information to make the best decision for your situation.



"I can not thank you enough for coming to Green Elementary and presenting ALiCE to my staff, parents, Hearst Elementary staff and the LAPD. Your work is so important and your presentation will change the thinking of teachers, parents and administrators. If you ever need anything from me please let me know."

Bruce Ferguson, Ed.D
Green Elementary Athletic and Academic School


Our Main Objective

Teach you how to be a participant in your own survival and lead others to safety as well.


The Program at SDSU

The A.L.i.C.E. program at SDSU was introduced in 2008 and has currently been taught at various departments including the Children’s Center, ROTC, Academic Deans Meeting, and the College of Business Administration.  We have upcoming events including instruction at the University of San Diego for the San Diego area ROTC program.

Currently there are six A.L.i.C.E. instructors at SDSU including a mix of sworn police officers and civilian personnel: Corporal Mark Peterson, Chief Lamine Secka, Randi MacKenzie, Christy Samarkos and Kara Bauer.  All six have been certified and bring with them unique personal perspectives to the instruction. 

The typical A.L.i.C.E. presentation lasts between 60-90 minutes depending on questions and answers.  We find that there are usually numerous questions following the presentation and we address them all so that community members can feel secure in their knowledge of the A.L.i.C.E. concept.  There are also several simple hands-on components or scenarios that effectively demonstrate and re-enforce the principles that we can include if time permits.


Questions about the A.L.i.C.E. Program:

Q: How long does the course last?
A: 60-90 minutes depending on group interaction.  It can be tailored to any length and with practical application can last longer.

Q: Who should attend the presentation?
A: Anyone!  Everyone who works on campus can benefit from the information and concepts presented.

Q: What is the cost of the course?
A: The course is free for all members of SDSU.

Q: How intense are the practical exercises?
A: We tailor them to the needs of the class.  Some are designed to demonstrate simple concepts, while others are designed to resemble a real life scenario and elicit a response from participants.  At no time are participants asked to do anything they don’t want to, nor are they placed in harm’s way.

Q: How do I schedule a presentation?
A: Contact the SDSU Police Department at (619) 594-1991 and ask to speak with an A.L.i.C.E. instructor.  See the contact below for specific information.


contact us

A.L.i.C.E. – Active Shooter Response Program
SDSU Police Department
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4390
Mail Code: 4390

Contact: Lamine Secka, Chief
Phone: (619) 594-7903


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