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Cape Coral Police clears up active shooter training concerns

Posted at 11:26 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 06:42:59-04

The Cape Coral Police Department is clearing the air amid concerns about an active-shooter class that’s in the works.

People have expressed their fears on social media stemming from the tragic death of a woman who was accidentally shot and killed last week during a citizens academy class held by Punta Gorda Police.

Sgt. Dana Coston with Cape Coral Police says the Active Shooter Training Class does not involve live ammunition and does not fire any type of rounds during the training.  "This is a totally different type of training,” Coston said. “This is not a shoot don't shoot scenario, we don't use sim-munitions, we don't use anything that is firing live ammunition."

Coston says the free class is being provided to help anyone who wants to better prepare themselves for an active shooter situation.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Encounter, and Evacuate, and is a strategy used for law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

The ALICE training instructor-led classes are designed to provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.

Class size is limited to 35 people. Additional sessions will be offered depending on demand. To register, contact Rhonda Kemerer in the CCPD training unit at rkemerer@capecoral.net or at 239-242-3348.