ALERRT/Other Training Initiatives

ALERRT/Other Training Initiatives

In response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, the FBI—with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance—teamed up with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, which was developed in Texas and supported by the state of Texas and is housed at Texas State University. ALERRT has trained more than 50,000 law enforcement first responders in a response protocol adopted by the FBI as the national standard for special agent tactical instructors. Many state and local police departments have also adopted it as a standard for active shooting response, ensuring law enforcement officers arriving on the scene understand how others are trained to respond.

Approximately 125 FBI tactical instructors from around the country were trained in the ALERRT protocols after attending its 40 hour train-the trainer course and are using what they learned to assist with the increased demand for the training by state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies.

ALERRT Training Seminar

In addition to offering ALERRT to first responders, FBI field offices are bringing law enforcement command staff together to discuss best practices and lessons learned from prior mass shooting incidents. These two-day conferences include discussions and instructions related to specific aspects of active shooter incidents, including pre-event indicators (i.e., behavioral analysis), complex crime scene management and evidence collection, crisis management, victim assistance, media matters, and improvised explosive devices. To date, more than 64,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement executives from state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement have participated in these conferences, which will be held on an ongoing basis to ensure that the law enforcement community is prepared for future threats.

FBI field offices also host tabletop exercises—focusing on how to respond and recover from an active shooter incident. These exercises bring together our partner federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, federal prosecutors, and district, county, and states’ attorneys.


In the News
Active Shooter Study Cover (Angled Graphic) The FBI has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the United States. Details
FBI Atlanta hosts Active Shooter conference for best practices, services available.
Attorney General Holder discusses FBI Active Shooter assistance to law enforcement.
Law enforcement shares findings of the investigation into Washington Navy Yard shootings.

For the Public: Responding to an Active Shooter Crisis Situation

This video, recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.

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For Law Enforcement
L.E.E.P. SealThe FBI’s Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) is an important element in the effort to provide access to tools and resources for law enforcement, intelligence, and criminal justice communities by using single sign-on technology. A primary LEEP component—the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) website—offers a variety of active shooter materials for law enforcement agencies and other first responders to help ensure preparedness for these types of events, including crisis resources, law enforcement training, assistance on dealing with victims, and a directory of FBI field offices.