LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department is encouraging the public to become educated on active-shooter preparedness and assaulter response, due to the recent number of mass shootings throughout the United States.
“Although the likelihood is rare, we recognize that the threat of an active assaulter, terrorist-related or otherwise, is possible on Kauai,” said Kauai Police Department Chief Darryl Perry. “It is important that we acknowledge this issue and educate civilians on how to be prepared.”
To help residents learn more about responding to an active-shooter and assaulter event, KPD plans to offer an ALICE active-shooter instructor course in February 2018. ALICE is Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate. It is a training institute that specializes in active-shooter response.
“Active assaulter incidents throughout the U.S. are now considered a recognizable hazard,” said KPD Capt. Mark Ozaki. “However, there are steps that can be taken to limit or even prevent loss of life during an incident. This is possible through public education and training, which is an important part of the Administrative and Technical Bureau.”
KPD’s Administrative and Technical Bureau offers assistance to organizations wishing to develop their own active-shooter preparedness plans. In the past, KPD has collaborated with Kauai Community College in conducting a simulated scenario on campus. The goal of the exercise was to assess both KCC’s and KPD’s preparedness level and response should a true incident occur in the future.
Details on KPD’s ALICE training in February will be announced as more information becomes available. In the meantime, anyone interested may contact KPD Sgt. Lance Okasaki at 241-1647.