ALERRT offers active shooter training video to public

News Reporter

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State released a video to inform civilians on what to do in a situation with an active shooter.

ALERRT officials released the video in collaboration with Wal-Mart officials. Wal-Mart co-funded the video so associates would know what to do during an active shooter situation.

“You want to get things on people’s radar,” said Pete Blair, executive director of ALERRT. “This is something you should think about. It’s not likely to happen, but if it does happen, you want to have some plan in mind on how to respond to it.”

ALERRT officials made the video to be used by any person or organization that needs it, Blair said.

“We love to see organizations in general say, ‘This is a good awareness-level thing for our employees to watch,’” Blair said.

The active shooter prevention video is not a complete method of training, Blair said. The ALERRT website has other materials that are more “in-depth.”

Wal-Mart representatives originally asked ALERRT officials to assist them in making the video to train associates on how to handle active shooter situations. Wal-Mart officials wanted the video to be available for the public.

Blair said the Houston Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department have produced active shooter videos for public consumption.

ALERRT representatives have not spoken directly with Texas State officials about using the video. However, the University Police Department (UPD) uses the video as a training tool.

“We get a lot of training from ALERRT,” said Otto Glenewinkel, UPD crime prevention specialist.

UPD offers a professional development course for faculty and staff once a semester, Glenewinkel said. The ALERRT active shooter video is shown as part of the course.

ALERRT officials teach law enforcement officers to deliver presentations to organizations through the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training program. Officials have been presenting the training programs for the last year and a half with thousands of officers across the United States.

ALERRT considered active shooter events in the United States when creating the program, Blair said.

“We saw that first police response times were really quick,” Blair said. “Three minutes (passed) from the 911 call to police on the scene, which is lighting fast in the world of policing.”

Blair said half of the events are already over when police arrive.

“What we found is that the events didn't end by random chance,” Blair said. “They ended because the people at the scene took action to protect them.”

Blair said three primary actions are discussed in the video: avoiding the attacker, defending oneself and denying access to one’s location.

“We view this as a public service,” Blair said. “What I would like to see happen is that people are better prepared and that when we see events, there are fewer casualties because people take more effective actions.”