News & Events

Date Incident: 21 September 2016

Subject: ALICE Training

Recently, members of the Sonora Police Department, plus the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department worked with kindergartners through 3rd graders at Gold Rush Charter School practicing violent intruder preparedness and response options.

The training incorporates the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) concept, which provides survival techniques for students of all ages, as well as staff members. The training is in preparation for an unforeseen event, such as an aggressive intruder or an active shooter on campus.

The program is not only offered to educational facilities, it’s also presented to government agencies, businesses, as well as places of worship. ALICE has become the national accepted response rather than the traditional “lockdown” approach. The program is also recognized by the Department of Homeland Security.

If you would like to learn more about ALICE training, you may visit their website at, or contact Lt. Turu VanderWiel at the Sonora Police Department, 209-532-8141, or by email at