Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Tuesday that she recently became a certified ALICE Active Shooter Instructor. Summit County Prosecutor’s Office Chief Investigator Ben Bergeron also took part in the training and is a certified ALICE Active Shooter Instructor as well.
The two officials took part in a two-day training program at Baldwin Wallace University March 5 and 6. The training included 16 hours of on-site instruction as well as an hour of online testing. They also took part in simulated live shooter scenarios, including finding ways to distract and subdue a shooter.
"This training is extremely important, especially following recent incidents across the country. It was a difficult training emotionally from listening to 911 calls of real school shooting incidents and hearing more of the details on these incredibly sad incidents. I am proud that my office is taking a lead role in helping prevent tragedies in our community," Walsh said in a release.
As certified ALICE instructors, Prosecutor Walsh and Chief Investigator Bergeron can train organizations and businesses in the community to become better prepared and increase their chances of survival if they encounter a violent intruder.