Photos courtesy of Texas State University ALERRT Center
"This course was probably more life changing, by preparing me for several situations and mass casualties. This also brought several agencies together working as one." -- ALERRT Training Participant
BJA has a long history of working in the field of active shooter first responder training—having funded Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center’s active shooter program since 2002. This program trains state and local law enforcement on how to effectively and safely respond to active shooter events. Since that time, ALERRT has delivered vital active shooter response training to nearly 40,000 law enforcement professionals throughout the nation.
The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. Their curriculum has been adopted by numerous states and agencies as their standard active shooter training and the FBI recently announced that it is their national training standard for active shooter response. These dynamic, scenario-based training courses are instructed by a cadre of subject matter expert adjunct instructors and ALERRT staff and are highly regarded in the field.
BJA has provided the following ALERRT trainings throughout the nation:
- Basic Active Shooter Level I: Designed to prepare the first responder to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter. The course covers shooting and moving, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement, setting up for room entry and room entry techniques, approach and breaching the crisis site, rescue team tactics, improvised explosive devices, and post-engagement priorities of work.
- Active Shooter Level II: First responders are educated and trained in immediate casualty care techniques such as Self-Aid, Buddy-Aid and in responding to “force-on-force” mass casualty scenarios where the law enforcement professional will not only have to neutralize the gunman but also treat the wounded.
- Active Shooter Train-the-Trainer: This course trains a select group of law enforcement officers who are experienced in police training, firearms training, and/or tactical methods in the Basic Active Shooter Level I course as well as prepares these trainers to teach the Level I course to their (and surrounding) law enforcement agencies.
- First Responder Operations in Rural Terrain (FORT): This training covers equipment selection, vehicle ambushes, medical emergencies, mounted and dismounted officer/citizen down rescue, dismounted individual movement techniques, dismounted team movement techniques, and hasty vehicle assaults.
View the schedule of upcoming ALERRT trainings.
To learn more about the ALERRT Center, visit www.alerrt.org.
BJA’s VALOR Initiative and ALERRT
In 2010, VALOR partnered with ALERRT to continue to provide vital active shooter response training. Hundreds of law enforcement professionals have been trained on active shooter response under VALOR.
To learn more about VALOR, visit BJA’s Officer Safety Initiatives page.
BJA and the FBI
After the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, BJA and ALERRT received an increased demand for active shooter response training. Over 250 requests for training have been received. To address the increased demand, BJA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) partnered to expedite and increase the delivery of the Basic Active Shooter Level I training, through ALERRT, to state and local law enforcement throughout the nation.
Through BJA’s VALOR program, and its partnership with the ALERRT Center, ALERRT instructors trained 100 FBI Tactical Instructors on the Active Shooter Level I curricula to allow them to teach this course jointly with ALERRT instructors. These teams of two ALERRT and two FBI instructors are now delivering the Basic Active Shooter Level I training across the U.S.
Why is this Important?
According to a report by Texas State University and ALERRT, there have been 84 active shooter events that have occurred between 2000 and 2010 and it appears that the frequency of these attacks is increasing. 1
Our nation’s first responders will be the first on the scene of an active shooter event. Lessons learned from past events have taught us that those first on the scene must immediately run to the danger to neutralize the threat and reduce the chance of innocent casualties. No longer do first responders set up a perimeter and wait for their specialized units to respond.
This active shooter response training is critical to teaching the skills and techniques that will help law enforcement to more effectively and safely respond to an active shooter event. BJA and the FBI, through the ALERRT Center’s training, hope to better prepare these professional should the unthinkable happen in your community. We hope that never occurs but believe that preparation (physically, technically, and mentally) is the best tool to keeping you and your communities safer.
Our team is dedicated to providing this vital training to as many law enforcement professionals that we can so that law enforcement can perform their duties safer with the skills that they learn during the two days of active shooter response training being delivered through this partnership.
To request training for your agency and surrounding jurisdictions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn about the FBI, visit www.fbi.gov.
Also visit the FBI's Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents web page.
1 Blair, J. Pete & Martaindale, M. Hunter (2012). United States Active Shooter Events from 2000 to 2010: Training and Equipment Implications.