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.

Bulletpoints about ALERRT at Texas State University

  • Proper Name: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)  at Texas State University ( Second reference: "ALERRT at Texas State is ...")
  • 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 130,000 law enforcement and fire officials 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, fourteen courses make up the ALERRT catalog: Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR); AAIR Train-the-Trainer; Basic Active Shooter Response Level I  ("Stop the Killing"); Level 1 Train-the-Trainer;  First Responder Medical Train-the-Trainer ("Stop the Dying");  First Responder Breaching; Breaching Train-the-Trainer; Low Light Train-the-Trainer; Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE); ERASE Train-the-Trainer; Solo Officer Rapid Deployment (SORD); Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-the-Trainer; Active Shooter Incident Management (ASIM); and Active Shooter Events Response (ASER). Detailed descriptions for each of these specialized classes are available here.
  • When/Where: ALERRT courses are delivered year round in communities across the nation as well as at our training facility in San Marcos, Texas. Most of these courses are delivered at no cost to the officers or agencies participating, through state and federal training funds.

Bulletpoints about Texas State University

  • Texas State's 37,979 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. We are the fifth largest university in Texas. (Fall, 2015)

  • Texas State University has been designated an emerging research university by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. To achieve this status a university must spend at least $14 million in its research endeavors and either offer at least 10 doctoral degrees or have at least 150 enrolled doctoral students. At the time of being designated as an emerging research university, Texas State was spending almost $33.5 million on research and had 400 students enrolled among its 12 doctoral programs.

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