WPD hosts security seminar for daycare, private school staff

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Those who watch and teach some of our younger children in New Hanover County got a lesson in protecting them as well this afternoon.

Wilmington Police held a seminar on security at daycares if there was an active shooter.

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Police provided information on whether to hide, fight or run in an active shooter situation.

The department uses the acronym A.L.I.C.E which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.

This is the department’s second active shooter seminar this year.

Speakers think preparing for this emergency now is a must for daycare centers and schools.

“I think that it’s important that young people today, and I have three grandchildren, that they are taught early on, how to survive should there be an active shooter situation,” Retired Sgt. Warran Kennedy said. “Yes, I want you to teach them how to survive a fire. I want you to teach them how to survive if there’s a tornado. I want them to be taught how to survive an active shooter.”

WPD plan to host another seminar for preparing people in a work setting for an active shooter.