Skip to main content

When faced with a violent intruder, increase your chances of survival by remembering your ALICE options. Never give up.

Armed or Violent Intruder Response

Follow A.L.I.C.E. Principles

If you're faced with a violent intruder, increase your chances of survival by remembering your ALICE options. And remember: ALICE is not designed to be sequential.

  • Alert: listen for/or receive specific, real-time information and notify Campus Police, 913-469-2500, or call 911 when safe to do so.
  • Lockdown or secure in place, if evacuation is not a safe option, by locking down and barricading entry points. Get low to the floor, spread out, turn off lights and silence cellphones.
  • Inform: listen for or give real-time updates by any communication means possible.
  • Counter: as a last resort, distract the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. Move toward exits while making noise, distractions, throwing objects or swarming the intruder.
  • Evacuate: get out and put distance between you and intruder. Do not go to your car; evacuate on foot. Seek assistance at a rally point, and stay alert to college information.

No matter where you are, be familiar with your surroundings and know your escape routes.


Remember, there are no guarantees in an active shooter/violent intruder situation, but just as in most other emergency situations the more you know, the better your chances of survival. Do not be an easy target!


Your personal safety is of primary importance. Nothing you have or the College has is worth your life or the life of others. If you are robbed:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Hand over money or possessions when asked.
  • Comply with any reasonable demands the robbers make.
  • Don’t argue.
  • Don’t fight.
  • Look at the robber and note tattoos, scars, prominent features, clothing and weapons so you can describe them to the police.
  • Watch what the robber touches. The police may be able to get fingerprints.
  • Tell the robber if you need to reach or move in any way so they are not startled.
  • If possible see which way the robber leaves and whether or not he/she is in a vehicle or on foot.
  • Don’t follow or chase the robber.

As soon as you can do so safely, call the JCCC Campus Police Department at ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500, or if you are at an off campus location, call 911.

Remember, your personal safety is of primary importance. Do not do anything that might jeopardize your safety or increase the risk or level of injury to yourself or others.

If you observe a violent act:

  • DO NOT physically intercede or try to restrain the aggressor(s). Be a good witness.
  • Call the JCCC Campus Police Department at ext. 4111 or 913-469-2500 immediately, or if you are at an off-campus location, call 911.
  • Be prepared to stay on the telephone with the dispatcher to provide pertinent information.
  • Note any suspect information like clothing, mannerisms, vehicle information and direction of travel when person leaves.