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Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Train-the-Trainer

This course helps prepare civilians with immediate response options for surviving an active attack event during the window of time before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.


About This Course

In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these events is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.

Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes. Without effective, preplanned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes.

Primary Audience

First responders and other professionals developing and/or utilizing a model response program. Anyone that intends to provide training for their employees, coworkers, friends. It is applicable to anyone from clergyman to store greeter.

Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)

The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos, Texas Police Department and the Hays County, Texas Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT at Texas State was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

A leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security and workforce training and exercises, technical assistance, and economic development.