Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $6,427,880)
The FY 2016 Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative -- VALOR Program -- focuses on five (5) distinct national initiatives to improve immediate and long-term health, wellness, and safety of law enforcement professionals: (1) identifying a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to continue, and enhance, the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability Program; (2) identifying a TTA provider to deliver tactical support, on a national level to state and local law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event; (3) identifying an organization to identify, recognize, and increase awareness of officer safety and wellness best practices and programs at a national level; (4) identifying a national director/coordinator to implement and oversee the creation of an officer safety and wellness pilot research and evaluation program that will develop three pilot research and evaluation sites; and (5) identifying a TTA provider to deliver evidence-based de-escalation training and technical assistance to educate and protect state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers and improve outcomes and relationships between officers and the communities they serve.
The Texas State Universitys Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center will serve as the VALOR Programs Active Shooter Response Tactical Training and Technical Assistance Provider to deliver research-based active shooter response training on a national level to state and local law enforcement officers responding to an active shooter event. Since 2002, the ALERRT Center has trained more than 85,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers, from across the nation, in research-based, dynamic active shooter response. ALERRT training has been named the national standard in active shooter response by the FBI, as well as adopted by state police, major metro departments, small agencies, and training academies across the country. This funding will allow ALERRT to deliver and support approximately 900 class deliveries and train approximately 22,000 local and state police officers, in large and small agencies, throughout the country. CA/NCF