ALERRT Mission: To provide the best research-based active shooter response training in the nation.
ALERRT Vision: Training and research that saves lives and protects communities.
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos, Texas Police Department and the Hays County, Texas Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT at Texas State was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.
Since 2002, ALERRT at Texas State has been awarded more than $56 million in state and federal grant funding, and has trained more than 105,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. Today, the program is operating on more than $14 million for national training. We have also trained more than 86,500 civilians in our Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Avoid-Deny-Defend awareness program. 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.
In 2013, the FBI partnered with the ALERRT Center at Texas State and named ALERRT their standard for active shooter response training. FBI Special Agents now instruct the ALERRT curriculum across the United States and Territories helping prepare state and local officers while establishing local partnerships with their law enforcement colleagues.
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 and beyond, 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 University 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 has established a criminal justice research department to evaluate and enhance the overall understanding of active shooter events and assist in improving law enforcement best practices.
Utilizing the train-the-trainer model, the ALERRT curriculum has been adopted by numerous states and agencies as their standard active shooter training. These states include Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Georgia, and Virginia, to name a few. In addition, the New York City Police Department, Miami Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Houston Police Department, San Antonio Police Department, Memphis Police Department, and the Atlanta Police Department are among the major cities across the nation, who have adopted the ALERRT curriculum as their standard.
The ALERRT Center has developed and currently delivers thirteen grant funded first responder courses across the nation. These dynamic, scenario-based training courses are instructed by a cadre of subject matter expert adjunct instructors and ALERRT staff.
National Integrated Response Conference
In addition, the ALERRT Center hosts a unique National Active Shooter Training Conference each year in San Marcos, Texas. This is the only national conference bridging law enforcement, Fire and EMS responses to active shooter events. This conference brings together and merges the three disciplines (Police, Fire and EMS) to help build local, regional, state and national active shooter response preparedness. We have assembled some of the best instructors and presenters from across the nation who will be sharing debriefs, best practices and lessons learned from headline-grabbing national incidents. Integrated response best practices from small, medium and large agencies will be shared along with proven plans to create and establish your own integrated program. The 2016 ALERRT Conference will offer participants the opportunity for Police, Fire and EMS personnel to train together and be introduced to Rescue Task Force (RTF) and integrated response concepts during hands-on training classes. The eigth Annual ALERRT Conference is slated for November 6-9, 2017 in San Marcos, Texas. See details here.
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, on initiatives such as Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officer Resilience and Survivability Initiative (VALOR) to stem the violence directed against the officers themselves.
Texas State University is a public, doctoral-granting institution located in San Marcos, Texas. More than 34,000 students attend the University which offers 97 Bachelor Degrees, 87 Master’s Degree, and 12 Doctoral degree programs. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education granted Texas State University official recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS). In addition, the Texas Higher Coordinating Board recently reclassified the University as an Emerging Research University.
For more information about ALERRT, please contact:
Diana Hendricks, Director of Communications
Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
Texas State University | San Marcos
1251 Sadler Dr. Suite 1200 • San Marcos, Texas 78666
Office – 512.245.4779 | Cell – 512.618.3373
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