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June 20th, 2013
White House recognizes ALERRT


The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State was recognized this week by Vice President Joe Biden as a primary source for national law enforcement training and response to active shooter events during a White House briefing.

After the Newtown shooting in December of 2012, the FBI partnered with ALERRT to update the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance/VALOR funded tactical training for front line patrol officers who respond alone, or with one to five others, to an active shooter situation.

The FBI sent 100 of its trainers to ALERRT Train the Trainer programs. The instructors will provide training to state and local law enforcement officers. The FBI has named ALERRT as its national standard in active shooter response.

Additional funding provided by the FBI and the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance-VALOR is increasing the number of officers who receive this training across the nation.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance has funded approximately $6.8 million in ALERRT active shooter training during the course of a longstanding relationship.

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