Gov. Abbott requests active shooter training for Texas schools
The ALERRT Center at Texas State was named the nationwide commonplace in active shooter response training by the FBI in 2013.
TEXAS, USA — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is directing an active shooter training heart to offer training to all Texas college districts earlier than the following college year.
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The directive comes after the Uvalde college capturing that left 19 college students and two academics useless at Robb Elementary School.
In a letter to the ALERRT Center at Texas State University, Abbott stated the state can profit from the middle’s experience.
In 2013, ALERRT was named the gold commonplace in active shooter response training by the FBI.
“We sadly recognize we cannot do anything to bring back previous lives that were taken,” Abbott wrote in the letter. “However, we must do everything in our power to prevent the same tragic ending from happening again.”
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Abbott requests that ALERRT debrief college directors, regulation enforcement personnel and different college security decision-makers to prioritize school-based regulation enforcement training.
Abbott additionally stated the training should begin earlier than the following college year begins.
ALERRT is designed for first responders to make use of efficient methods in response to active assaults, in response to their web site.
They’ve skilled over 200,000 first responders nationwide with their 16-hour program. The training consists of staff motion, room entry strategies, capturing and shifting, and how one can strategy the disaster.
The letter to ALERRT comes days after Abbott requested state leaders kind a particular legislative committee, however stopped wanting calling for a particular legislative session.
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“I request that these committees assessment what steps earlier legislatures have enacted, what resources the State has made accessible to native college districts, and make suggestions to the Legislature and the Executive Branch in order that significant motion may be made on, amongst different issues, the next subjects to forestall future college shootings:
- School security
- Mental well being
- Social media
- Police training
- Firearm security
It is vital the method begins instantly,” Abbott wrote.
Abbott just lately requested an entire security assessment of Texas public schools — together with random, unannounced safety checks — within the wake of the Uvalde college capturing.