Greg Crane is the founder of the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) and the RAIDER (law enforcement only) training programs which he developed to keep his wife’s (an elementary school principle) school safe after the events of Columbine. He later founded Response Options, a training company dedicated to the safety of staff and students.
As part of a major business expansion in 2013, Crane continues his work as president under the name ALICE Training Institute. The new name leverages the good-will and national acceptance of the ALICE training program. Crane can often be found speaking at national events and conferences across the U.S.
With more than 25+ years of experience as a law enforcement officer and security consultant, Crane has firmly established himself as one of the foremost school safety and active shooter specialist in the nation. To his credit, ALICE was the very first training program in the country that provided staff and students with optional responses to an active shooter gaining entry into a classroom – other than a lockdown-only approach that entails sitting against a wall or under a desk.
Almost a decade later, federal recommendations now align with the ALICE concepts Crane has developed. These include: US Department of Education, Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (June 2013 edition); The International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, Guide for Preventing & Responding to School Violence (2009); and the Department of Homeland Security, Active Shooter, How to Respond (2008).
Prior to his work with ALICE, Crane served as a tactical team leader, SWAT officer, crime scene investigator, field training officer, and patrol officer. He has taught courses in the areas of tactics, firearms, less-lethal munitions and crime scene investigation. Additional experience includes working in Kosovo as part of a US Army Force Protection team, as well as a certified criminal justice high school teacher and an adjunct professor for a local college.
Crane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University.