Bureau of Justice Assistance and FBI Join Forces with ALERRT in Active Shooter Response Training Initiative

"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

What is this?
This initiative is delivering critical and dynamic active shooter response training through a partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whose mission is to deliver active shooter training through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center.

In light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, and the increased demand for active shooter response training, BJA and the FBI have partnered to expedite and increase the delivery of this training to state and local law enforcement throughout the nation.

Why is this important?
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 as 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.

The Team
Through BJA’s VALOR program, and its partnership with the ALERRT Center, ALERRT instructors trained more than 200 FBI Tactical Instructors in the active shooter Level I curricula/training to allow them to teach this active shooter course jointly with ALERRT.

The Training
The Active Shooter Level I training is 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 and room entry techniques, approaching and breaching the crisis site, rescue team tactics, improvised explosive devices, and post-engagement priorities of work.  The course ends with dynamic “force-on-force” scenarios.

Who is the BJA?
BJA is a Bureau of the United States Department of Justice that provides leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. One of BJA’s principal missions is to provide high quality state of the art training to state, local, and tribal law enforcement in emerging criminal justice areas. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, reentry, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and community capacity building.

BJA has partnered with ALERRT since 2002 to provide active shooter response training to law enforcement professionals throughout the nation. This current BJA Active Shooter Response Training Initiative is being supported through BJA’s VALOR program.

To learn more about BJA visit www.bja.gov.

Who is the FBI?
The FBI is an intelligence-driven and a threat-focused national security organization within the Department of Justice with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

To learn more about the FBI visit www.fbi.gov.

Who is ALERRT at Texas State?
The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. With the support of BJA, ALERRT has trained more than 85,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. The ALERRT curriculum has been adopted by numerous states and agencies as their standard active shooter training and the FBI has adopted it as their national training standard for active shooter response.

Who is VALOR?
BJA’s VALOR program is a U.S. Attorney General initiative that responds to the increase in assaults and violence against law enforcement. The training courses, delivered nationally, are designed to help prevent violence against law enforcement and ensure officer resilience and survivability following violent encounters and are based on research and lessons learned from past events and incidents. VALOR’s partners include: the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), the FBI, Texas State University’s ALERRT Center, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

To learn more about VALOR or request VALOR training visit www.valorforblue.org.