As a result of active shooters emergencies throughout the nation more and more law enforcement agencies are finding themselves being asked if they are prepared for an active shooter scenario.
On Tuesday, the Alice Police Department hosted the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Level I Train the Trainer course at the CHRISTUS Spohn Laviana Plaza.
Officers from Alice Police Department, Howard County Sheriff's Department, Big Spring Police Department, Kleberg County Sheriff's Department, KCSO/Maple Valley Police Department, San Juan Police Department, Donna Independent School District Police Department, Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department participated in the training course.
The train‑the‑trainer course includes the complete scenarios of the Active Shooter Level I course of study as well as instructional techniques to deliver the course from hands-on to student manuals and lecture course so that, once certificated, the officers are prepared to deliver the Active Shooter Level I course at their own agency.
"More than 100,000 police officers throughout the nation have undergone the training," said Patrick Straker, ALERRT Instructor. "I've been a part of this for 15 years...These skills and these things we try to show these officers are going to be able to put these things into play should one of these events occur not only active shooters events, but things they can use day-to-day on regular police calls for service."
Straker is also a member of the Houston Police Department SWAT.
The main focus of the training was the idea that the best lesson to learn is to be prepared for all situations.
During the training, officers covered ways to clear buildings, and how to handle situations where victims and hostages are present.
Straker critiqued the officers simulations.