Sen. Cornyn to highlight new active shooter training law at ALERRT

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
August 2, 2016

U.S. Senator John Cornyn will visit the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University on Wednesday, August 3 to discuss the importance of active shooter response training and observe an active shooter simulation.  

Media is invited to the event, and will have the opportunity to photograph and film B-roll of the active shooter scenario that will include integrated police, fire and EMS response.

The success of the ALERRT program provided the basis for the Protecting Our Lives through Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act, a bill Sen. Cornyn authored with U.S. Rep. John Carter and which was signed into law last month. The act enables local law enforcement and first responders to use federal grant funding for active shooter response training.

Sen. Cornyn will hold a roundtable with ALERRT trainers, law enforcement from San Antonio, Austin and surrounding communities who have received ALERRT training, and first responders who will be able to use federal grants to pay for this training because of the POLICE Act. The discussion will focus on how ALERRT training has already benefitted their communities and how the POLICE Act will provide opportunities for enhanced training to respond to the current threat environment. Following the roundtable, ALERRT will demonstrate a live active shooter scenario with integrated response from police, fire and EMS departments.

Following the demonstration, Sen. Cornyn will hold a joint press conference with local first responders, ALERRT trainers and stakeholders.

  • 9:35am – Roundtable begins
  • 10:20am – Live demonstration of active shooter response training
  • 10:35am – Press conference