Based on the program created by Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, the Alabama ALERRT Program is a dynamic course of instruction designed to prepare the first responder to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter. The course covers shooting and moving, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement (including solo officer strategies), setting up for room entry and room entry techniques, approaching and breaching the crisis site, follow-on responder tactics, improvised explosive devices, and post-engagement priorities of work. The course culminates with dynamic “force-on-force” scenarios. Since it's insertion in 2008, the Alabama ALERRT Program has worked towards training each and every APOSTC certified law enforcement officer in the State of Alabama in the ALERRT tactics; in order to properly and successfully prevent, mitigate and/ or handle active shooter incidents."
Funded by Federal law enforcement assistance grants and through both, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (Homeland Security), (ALEA), the ALERRT program is offered free of cost to all law enforcement agencies across the State of Alabama. Since its adoption in 2009, over 195 officers across the state have been certified as instructors and have taken the program to their jurisdictions. The training has provided for the uniform response to an active shooter event regardless of the agency, number of officers or responding jurisdictions, and location. Training officers on standardized tactics regardless of the agency they work for, whether it is a local, state or federal agency, ensures not only uniformity, but trust, interagency collaboration, and successful resolutions. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (Homeland Security) oversees ALERRT and makes sure all standards regarding the program are strictly followed in order to assure compliance and standardization.
Currently, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working with the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission in making ALERRT mandatory for all APSOT certified officers in the State. In March 2013, Governor Bentley ordered all State of Alabama employed law enforcement officers to undergo the ALERRT training, after making ALERRT the State of Alabama Official active shooter prevention and mitigation program for law enforcement. Nevertheless, as off January 1, 2014, the APOST Commission made ALERRT part of the basic police academy minimum standards and a part of the training curriculum. ALEA continues to work on achieving a goal of 100% ALERRT certification of officers across the State of Alabama. This is the mission the program’s coordinator and a very dedicated group of individuals comprised of vastly veteran law enforcement officers with high levels of ALERRT experience.
To sign up for any of the upcoming classes you can go to www.alacop.gov sign in with your ALACOP account and go to the Information Center Tab and look for the AlaCOP Training Center link; or go to: https://absorb.alacop.gov/#/dashboard. Access the Absorb site with your AlaCOP account as well. Once there you can sign in for any ALERRT class, or any of the many other training opportunities available through ALACOP.There must be a minimum of at least 20 students for the class to take place. The class has a maximum attendance of 30 students.
For more information or if you have any questions you can call the Alabama ALERRT Program Coordinator: Special Agent Arnaldo Mercado at 334-517-2800; or you can contact him by email.