Based on the program created by Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, the
Alabama ALERRT Program is a dynamic course of instruction designed to prepare the
first responder to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter. The course
covers shooting and moving, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team
movement (including solo officer strategies), setting up for room entry and room
entry techniques, approaching and breaching the crisis site, follow-on responder
tactics, improvised explosive devices, and post-engagement priorities of work. The
course culminates with dynamic “force-on-force” scenarios.
Since it's insertion in 2008, the Alabama ALERRT Program has
worked towards training each and every APOSTC certified law
enforcement officer in the State of Alabama in the ALERRT
tactics; in order to properly and successfully prevent, mitigate
and/ or handle active shooter incidents."
Funded by Federal law enforcement assistance grants and through both, the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
(Homeland Security), (ALEA), the
ALERRT program is offered free of cost to all law enforcement agencies across the
State of Alabama. Since its adoption in 2009, over 150 officers across the state
have been certified as instructors and have taken the program to their jurisdictions.
The training has provided for the uniform response to an active shooter event regardless
of the agency, number of officers or responding jurisdictions, and location. Training
officers on standardized tactics regardless of the agency they work for, whether
it is a local, state or federal agency, ensures not only uniformity, but trust,
interagency collaboration, and successful resolutions. The Alabama
Law Enforcement Agency (Homeland Security) oversees ALERRT and makes sure all standards regarding the program
are strictly followed in order to assure compliance and standardization.
ALEA has worked with the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission
(APOSTC) to make this training mandatory to all APOST certified officers. ALERRT
is mandatory at all Basic APOST Police Academies in the State of Alabama. ALEA
is also working on achieving a goal of 100% ALERRT certification of officers across
the State of Alabama. A Senior ALERRT Trainers Board, comprised of veteran law enforcement
officers with high level of ALERRT experience, is working together in achieving
To sign up for any of the upcoming classes you can go to www.alacop.gov ; sign in to your ALACOP account and go to
the Online Event Registration tab. Once there you can sign in for and ALERRT class
or any of the many other training opportunities available through ALACOP.
There must be a minuim of at
least 20 Students or a Maxium of 30 Students for the class to
For more information or if you have any questions you can call the Alabama ALERRT
Program Coordinator: Special Agent Arnaldo Mercado at 334-517-2800; or you can contact
him by email - email@example.com.