Active shooter response training has been delivered in Coleman, with law enforcement officers from surrounding areas and as far as Alaska and New York attending. The training was hosted by the Coleman ISD Police and the Coleman County Sheriffs Department. The training was funded through the Texas Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Division and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the US Department of Justice. This means that there was no cost to the law enforcement agencies or the officers who attended the two classes. The combined grant funded cost of the two courses was $33,000.
Stop the Killing:
The weekend of February 28, March 1,2015 when most of the state of Texas was frozen and covered in ice there were about 25 dedicated law enforcement professionals gathered at Coleman High school to learn about the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University, which has been named the national standard in active shooter response by the FBI. This training was conducted by Instructors from ALERRT at Texas State. This ALERRT Level I class is designed to train law enforcement officers in the events and history of active shooters, why, where, and the people that committed these acts to better understand this type of event. The class also taught the law enforcement students how to approach, find, and deactivate or neutralize active shooter situation. This training puts the law enforcement officer under realistic stress and trains them to perform quick decision-making in only seconds of time.
Stop the Dying:
August 1 and 2, 2015, we gathered once again at Coleman High School to learn from the Instructors of ALERRT, this class was ALERRT Level 2. This training expanded on and add from the Level 1 active shooter response class and introduced medical needs of victims and how to get Fire Departments/EMS and other first responders to the scene and help with the victims of an active shooter event. This class began with the “find and neutralize the active shooter” realistic training, then moved into the Law Enforcement basic trauma/wound care to prepare victims for transport and higher level medical care.
Law enforcement who attended these two classes were from multiple states and agencies from across the country, among them, U.S. Treasury, Alaska, Brady P.D., Texas Parks and Wildlife, Coleman ISD Police, Coleman Sheriffs Office, Coleman P.D., Comanche Sheriff office, and New York. The ALERRT classes and training are recognized by the FBI as the national standard to respond to active shooter.
The following paragraph will tell you more detail about ALERRT and Texas State University and funding.
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.
More than 70,000 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.
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).
ALERRT courses are delivered year round at our training facility in San Marcos, Texas, as well as in communities across the nation.