Island University Police Department Hosts A&M System Wide ALERRT Training

June 12, 2017

Island University Police Department Hosts A&M System Wide ALERRT Training

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In events of crisis, it’s important that first responders are trained on the best courses of action to protect themselves and those around them. To address this need, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Police Department hosted a Texas A&M University system wide Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). The training took place June 5-9, and was primarily focused on University police response in the case of an active shooter on campus. Twenty-three officers from seven different campuses participated.

“It’s important to plan for crisis events to keep an officer’s skills and tactical advantage on point,” said Eric Gonzalez, Patrol Lieutenant at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We work very closely with other members of the A&M System, so if we have an incident and they respond to help us, we’ll already know the type of training they’ll have.”

Training simulations took place in both the Jack and Susan Dugan Soccer Complex and the Blanche Davis Moore Early Childhood Development Center. Officers also took part in seminars including team movement techniques, setting up and conducting room entries and post-crisis priorities. There were also four scenario exercises which covered an active shooter situation and a low light proper use-of-force simulation.

“When an emergency call comes out, you never know who from the surrounding city or county police will be coming to help you out,” said Andrea Juarez, a police officer from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. “This training is great because it gives us a chance to get used to working with people we’ve never worked with before.”

ALERRT was originally created in 2002 at Texas State University to address the need for active shooter response training. Since its inception, it has partnered with the FBI and has been named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the agency. ALERRT training is used by various law enforcement entities across the nation.