Capitol staff train for active shooter

A group of state senators, clerks, staff and other employees participated Monday in a 90-minute active armed encounter training at the Iowa Capitol. An Iowa State Patrol officer who is an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) certified instructor provided training that included learning strategies for identifying and handling behavior that may be concerning as well as response options to increase survivability of active shooter situations.

Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, called the session ?very informative? ? saying participants walked through various scenarios for if there were an active shooter in the building.

Tips included evacuating using a zig-zag pattern and locking down rooms.