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Training Law Enforcement to Respond to Active Shooters

BJA and the FBI have partnered with Texas State University to expedite and increase the delivery of active shooter training to state and local law enforcement throughout our country. At the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, officers receive critical active shooter response training to effectively and safely respond to an active shooter event. The ALERRT curriculum is dynamic force-on-force, scenario-based training. It has been adopted by the FBI as the national training standard for active shooter response, and has been provided to more than 40,000 police officers nationwide. Read more and watch a video about ALERRT.

See BJA's Active Shooter Response Training Initiative Fact Sheet.

Deborah Meader
Policy Advisor

BJA's Active Shooter Response Training Initiative, This fact sheet highlights the Active Shooter Response Training, provided through a partnership between BJA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, designed to deliver critical and dynamic training elements.

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VALOR Webinar Available

BJA’s VALOR webinar, “Street Survival: Casualty Care,” is now online on the secure side of the VALOR web portal ( under the Trainings tab (Online Training). Sign in (or register for an account) for access to this important officer safety webinar. Learn why self-aid/buddy-aid is important!

ALERRT Training Proves Valuable to Police Responding to Indiana Shooting

On January 15, Indiana State Police responded to a report of shots fired inside an Indiana supermarket. Using techniques they learned through the BJA-funded ALERRT training, the first responders were quickly able to clear the supermarket and find the suspect. Though two people were killed by the gunman, further bloodshed was averted. Read the full article or learn more about the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program.

Police Magazine Features VALOR

In the May 2013 edition of Police Magazine, read the feature article "The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative: The Justice Department's VALOR Initiative offers free officer safety training." Visit BJA's Officer Safety Initiatives page to learn more about VALOR, ALERRT, and other BJA-supported programs that help officers prevent, survive, and respond to violent encounters.

“Local authorities look to learn lessons from LAX shooting”

From myFOXAustin (Texas), November 1, 2013: “Active shooter situations, like the one Friday at the Los Angeles airport, are being analyzed locally to better prepare law enforcement across the country. Officers at Texas State's ALERRT program focus on taking down active shooters. What happened today will one day become a lesson plan. ‘That's what they do. They run to the sounds of gunfire...while everybody else is running away,’ Terry Nichols of Texas State's ALERRT Program said.” Read the full story and watch the news video or learn more about BJA’s Active Shooter Response Training.


National Center for Campus Public Safety FY 2013 Competitive Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for development and operation of a National Center for Campus Public Safety to support the field, foster collaboration, facilitate information sharing, and support policy development, model practices, operations, and research that will enhance the safety of the nation’s institutions of higher education.



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