Media Info

Interviews and Subject Matter Experts:

At our offices or training facility at Texas State University: Contact Diana Hendricks, Director of Communications, (office-512.245.4779 or cell-512.618.3373) and she will direct you to subject matter experts and/or interviews with key personnel in the field of active shooter response and terrorism response tactics.

On-site during training in communities across the nation: If you are interested in covering ALERRT course delivery with still or video photography in your community, please contact us to coordinate access to the secure training and the best time during the training for good media opportunities.


Bullet Points about ALERRT:

  • Proper Name: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)  at Texas State University ("ALERRT at Texas State University is providing training....")
     
  • Funding Source: Many of our classes are funded through such funding sources as the Bureau of Justice Assistance, VALOR, the Office of the Governor, or the Department of Homeland Security. Since much of this training is awarded at no cost to the agency or the officers who are being trained, we appreciate mentioning the funder in news stories. Please ask us who awarded the funding for this training when gathering information about the delivery.
     
  • Who: More than 60,000 law enforcement officers across the nation have been trained in ALERRT operations and tactics to respond to active shooter situations. This vital training is delivered  by veteran law enforcement SWAT specialists with proven experience in  active shooter response  and police training.  In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents. Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Iowa, Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, and South Carolina are among the first states to train and adopt the ALERRT curriculum as their state standard in active shooter response. Other states are moving forward with this as their standard and many large cities (New York City, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and San Antonio) are training all of their front line officers in ALERRT tactics and standards. See state listings in Statistics. 
     
  • What: Currently, nine courses make up the ALERRT catalog: Basic Active Shooter Response Level I  ("Stop the Killing"); Train the Trainer -Level I;  Medical Response for Law Enforcement Level II ("Stop the Dying"); First Responder Breaching; Low Light; Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE); Plain Clothes Response to Violent Encounters (PCRVE); Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and Active Threat Integrated Response Course (ATIRC). Detailed descriptions for each of these specialized classes are available here.
     
  • When/Where: ALERRT courses are delivered year round at our training facility in San Marcos, Texas, as well as in communities across the nation.

 


Boilerplate Language about ALERRT:

Texas State University, known for its national Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Active Shooter Response program, has developed the Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE) course in response to input received from officers all across the country.  Since 2002, ALERRT at Texas State has delivered vital active shooter response training to more than 60,000 law enforcement professionals across the nation, through more than $30 million in state and federal funding.

Officers working along our violent southern border and others working in rural areas of states across the United States asked for training to deal with violent situations they face outside of buildings and urban settings.   In addition to developing and delivering training courses to better prepare this country’s first-responders to effectively respond to acts of violence against its citizens, ALERRT also works with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) on initiatives such as Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officer Resilience and Survivability Initiative (VALOR) to stem the violence directed against the officers themselves.

From the 1966 Tower shooting at the University of Texas, to the coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India in 2008, to the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, the best lesson learned is to be prepared. While we hope that such active shooter events will never happen in our backyards, the ALERRT staff at Texas State has developed a new standard in active shooter response and law enforcement professionals across the nation are carrying this standard forward.  

In addition to in-depth after-action lessons learned through partnerships with agencies who have been involved in headline-making active shooter situations, ALERRT's Director of Research leads the study and research of active shooter events to enhance the overall understanding of these events and assist in improving law enforcement tactical best practices. 

In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents.

Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, and South Carolina are among the first states to train and adopt the ALERRT curriculum as their state standard in active shooter response. Other states are moving forward with this as their standard and many large cities (New York City, Miami,  Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and San Antonio) are training all of their front line officers in ALERRT tactics and standards.

The ALERRT Center is the only national training program currently focused solely on the active shooter threat..  Similarly, there has not been a national standard for this critical response training before ALERRT.  While much of the training is delivered on-site in cities around the country, ALERRT also has a multimillion-dollar training facility in San Marcos for advanced active shooter response training.


Boilerplate Language about TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS:

Texas State's 34,114 students choose from 97 bachelor’s, 87 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and the Graduate College.  Texas State students come from around the globe, and our student body is diverse. Thirty-seven percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. Hispanic Outlook ranks Texas State 14th in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students. See the University Factbook for more information on our student body.  We are the fifth largest university in Texas.  (2012)



6/18/2013
ALERRT named primary source for national active shooter response

Vice President Biden Marks Progress on Executive Actions to Help Reduce
Gun Violence in White House briefing

WASHINGTON, DC –  Vice President Joe Biden today recognized the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training  (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University as a primary source for national law enforcement training and response to active shooter events during a White House briefing.

In response to the Newtown shooting in December of 2012, the FBI sought ways to better protect the lives of responding officers and the innocent people victimized by an active shooter.  The FBI partnered with ALERRT at Texas State to update the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance/VALOR funded tactical training for front line patrol officers who respond alone, or with one to five others, to an active shooter situation.

The FBI then sent 100 of its trainers to ALERRT  Train the Trainer programs, so these agents  and their ALERRT counterparts  can  expand training on current active shooter response tactics nationwide.  These instructors will partner to provide this free and vital training to state and local law enforcement officers. Additional funding provided by the FBI and  the  DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance-VALOR  is increasing the number of  officers who receive this training across the nation.

ALERRT and the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance have a longstanding relationship for providing this vitl training to law enforcement officers across the nation. The BJA has funded  approximately $6.8 million in ALERRT active shooter training to date.

The FBI has named ALERRT at Texas State as their national standard in active shooter response.

The Obama Administration released a new progress report detailing the completion of or significant progress on 21 of the 23 executive actions President Obama laid out in January to help reduce gun violence.

At the event at the White House today, Vice President Biden highlighted the significant progress the Administration has made on strengthening the existing background check system, empowering law enforcement, making schools safer, encouraging responsible gun ownership, ending the freeze on gun violence research, preserving the rights of health providers to protect their patients and communities, and improving access to mental health care.

Additional information about the  Bureau of Justice Assistance / ALERRT partnership,  can be found via the  BJA website: https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=106

Additional information about the ALERRT-FBI partnership, funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, can be found via the FBI website: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cirg/active-shooter-and-mass-casualty-incidents

Media Contact:

For more information about the ALERRT/FBI/BJA/VALOR partnership, please contact Diana Hendricks, Director of Communications for ALERRT, at 512.618.3373 or at Hendricks@alerrt.com