Courthouse to close early for training
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The Plymouth County Courthouse and Annex will close to the public at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23.
County and state employees will participate in A.L.I.C.E, or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Confront, Evacuate, training that day.
Similar training has been done previously at Gehlen Catholic Schools and Le Mars Community Schools.
Friday's training is mandatory for members of the county board of supervisors, elected officials and all courthouse and annex employees.
A.L.I.C.E. training is voluntary for any other county employees who don't work in the courthouse regularly, according to a press release.
The training will be conducted by the Le Mars Police Department, assisted by the Plymouth County sheriff and deputies.
A.L.I.C.E. training is the current accepted way to handle various active shooter situations or similar type of situations, the press release stated.
It provides the best chance for victims to survive the situation and for law enforcement to capture the shooter or shooters.
The training is, not only for the work place setting, but is life training to have, know and use in any setting where an active shooter situation may occur, the press release stated.
Blank ammunition will be fired from guns during the training, which will be as real as possible.
It will take two to 2 1/2 hours to complete.
Due to the nature of the training, the courthouse will be closed for the day at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
That will allow training with all employees at the same time with different scenarios on each floor of the courthouse, the release stated.
The training is not open to the public.