Solo Officer Rapid Deployment (SORD)

*SORD courses will be available Fall 2017. We are now accepting pre-booking requests.

SORD (Solo Officer Rapid Deployment)


Time: (16 hours/2 days)
Class Size: Minimum of 12 and max of 20 students per class, from multiple agencies
Prerequisite: Sworn law enforcement officers only
Recommended Equipment: Some students have found this course to be physically challenging and students attending should be able walk moderate distances, jog, kneel, and lift moderate weight. Handgun with at least 3 magazines or speed loaders chambered in .380, .38, .357, .40, .45 or .9mm. 200 rounds of ammunition for weapon. If your primary off-duty or concealed weapon is a small-frame handgun, students are encouraged to bring a mid to large frame handgun and concealment holster to evaluate and compare. A strong side concealment holster made for the student’s handgun configured so that the weapon can be re-holstered (does not collapse when the weapon is drawn) with one hand. Sturdy belt to support the holster. At least two shirts to cover and conceal handgun. One should be a button-down type shirt or jacket and one should be a t-shirt or polo-style shirt. Uniform shirt with police patches. Badge in a carrier to hang around the neck. Eye and ear protection. Rain jacket or rain gear.

Description: This dynamic course of instruction is designed to provide the solo officer (off-duty/plain clothes /uniform) with the knowledge, physical skills, and mind set on how to isolate, distract, or neutralize an armed threat like an active shooter. This course will cover reasons to carry for off-duty and plain clothes officers, levels of intervention, deadly force policies and case studies, ergonomic considerations for plain clothes carry, options for mitigating the occurrence of blue on blue shootings, concepts and principles of solo officer movement, threshold evaluation, setting up for and room entry techniques, post engagement priorities of work, and incident management. Day one includes live fire training and day two culminates with dynamic force‑on‑force scenarios.

If you are interested in hosting this class, please see the requirements listed below then fill out a Hosting Request Form.

Hosting Requirements:

1) The primary host agency must be a state or local agency.

2) Each class is required to be filled with sworn state and local law enforcement officers from multiple agencies. In the event that federal or military personnel are inquiring about registering, and you have given priority to state/local officers, you are allowed up to 3 slots to approve for federal/military. These federal/military students must not take seats from state or local officers.

3) The host agency will provide an unoccupied school building with wide hallways and multiple classrooms or a similar ALERRT-approved facility. The building should have electricity, water and restrooms and climate control if needed. The building should be clean enough for participants to lie on the floor during scenarios. At least one room, on site, should have tables or desks and chairs for the lecture portion of the training. ALERRT will bring the computer, projector and extension cords to deliver the classroom lecture portion of the training, if necessary. ALERRT will provide all of the equipment for the training as well as paperwork, resupplies and consumables. We will not damage the facility in any way. We do use marking cartridges for the force-on-force training but we do not leave any residue behind. 95% of our training is done in unoccupied schools that are currently in use. Occasionally, we will use a decommissioned school that is being readied for remodel or reconstruction. We have used approved empty hospitals, office buildings, courthouses. These buildings must be approved by our training division. The host can send photos and description of building if need be.

4) The host agency will provide a 25-yard pistol range with a minimum of 10 shooting lanes.

5) The host agency will be responsible for registration. We will post the class to our website under ‘Upcoming Courses’, and list the POC’s contact information for registration. Under special circumstances, we can remove the class from the website at the agency’s request.

6) The host agency is responsible for the advertisement of the class. We will send you the course flyer for distribution.

7) ALERRT will issue certificates for all classes and, in Texas, we will post hours to TCOLE.

8) In the event a class can’t be filled ALERRT reserves the option to open registration nationwide or cancel the class.

For questions specific to SORD courses, please contact Sam Stock at stock@alerrt.org.