Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $882,689)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.
The Texas State University-San Marcos will support the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, a nationwide initiative to train law enforcement patrol officers to effectively address and stop an active shooter. The project will provide high quality, dynamic training classes utilizing 'force-on-force' training which will enable the first officers on the scene to enter the building and stop the shooter. ALERRT will provide Basic Active Shooter Training, Train-the-Trainer, and Certified Instructor-led Basic Active Shooter Training. They will partner with the Hays County Sheriff's Office, the San Marcos Police Department, the Texas Tactical Peace Officers Association (TTPOA), the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and a member of the Texas A&M University System. ALERRT was created with the primary focus of training front-line patrol officers in useful tactics that will enable them to effectively respond to active shooter situations.