Using more than $27 million in state and federal grant funding in the last 11 years, the ALERRT Center has trained more than 40,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training, according to the website ALERRT.org.
Using the train-the-trainer model, the ALERRT Center at Texas State University’s curriculum has been adopted by numerous states and agencies as their standard active shooter training, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently announced ALERRT as its national training standard for active shooter response.
Troop E Commander Capt. Allen Marlowe said Bloodworth deserves a pat on the back for organizing the ALERRT program.
“I’ve really got to give (Bloodworth) credit for setting this up,” Marlowe said. “We’ve got approximately 45 troopers and 30 motor carrier officers going through it.”
The Troop E Commander said the active scenarios add value to the trooper experience.
“This is about our third round of it. Every time we do it we get new tactics and ideas,” Marlowe said. “We want everybody to have a take away and go through the lessons learned. The instructors do it in a positive way, so that when it comes to a real life scenario, we’ll fall back on this training.”
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) agency funds Texas State University’s ALERRT Center’s active shooter program.
After recent school shooting tragedies, BJA and ALERRT received an increased demand for active shooter response training. To address the increased demand, BJA and the FBI partnered to expedite and increase the delivery of the Basic Active Shooter Level I training, through ALERRT, to state and local law enforcement throughout the nation, according to the website BJA.gov.
First responders like GSP will be the first on the scene of an active shooter event.
No longer do first responders set up a perimeter and wait for their specialized units to respond. According to the ALERRT program, the first wave must immediately run to the danger to neutralize the threat thereby reducing the chance of innocent casualties.