MILLEDGEVILLE — Central State Hospital provided Georgia State Patrol (GSP) troopers a venue for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) this week.
The program uses dynamic, scenario-based courses to train state and local law enforcement on how to effectively and safely respond to active shooter events. Troopers worked active shooter scenarios based on theoretical reports of unconfirmed shots fired at a school.
Rearguard ambushes, mass exodus with the bad guy mixed in and a hostage situation were a few of the live action tests.
In two days of ALERRT classroom and tactical activity, troopers hammered through shooting and moving, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement, room entry techniques, approach and breaching the crisis site, rescue team tactics, improvised explosive devices and post-engagement priorities.
Sgt. MacKay Bloodworth of Milledgeville’s Post 33 outfit serves as the lead training officer.
Bloodworth visited Texas State University’s ALERRT Center to perfect techniques brought back to benefit area troopers’ readiness.
“It’s designed to get everyone across the country on the same page in response to an active shooter,” Bloodworth said.
Troop E officers hailing from Baldwin, Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Lincoln, Putnam, McDuffie, Morgan, Newton, Oglethorpe, Richmond, Rockdale, Taliaferro, Walton, Warren, Washington and Wilkes counties will all be active shooter ready.
“We’ll rotate everybody through this two-day class. By the end of the year, every trooper in this area and statewide will have the class,” Bloodworth said.
The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between the university, the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders, according to the center’s website. Developed after the tragedy at Columbine High School, the curriculum became the national standard in active shooter response training.