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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit
Developed with funding support from BJA, the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Toolkit was created to promote learning about officer safety and encourage the leveraging of resources to augment state, local, and tribal efforts to promote officer safety.
See BJA's Active Shooter Response Training Initiative Fact Sheet.
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VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program
Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center
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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 (www.valorforblue.org) 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.
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