Collin College Police Department    

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

   

Background
    The tragedy at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado changed the way law enforcement reacts to active shooting situations. When two students took control of Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the first responding patrol officers established a perimeter and called in the SWAT team. For 45 minutes, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had free rein of the school before the SWAT team made entry. During this 45 minutes, the shooters killed 13 people, critically wounded 24 and injured more than 160 others. The first responders were crucified in the media for their perceived lack of response to the unfolding events at Columbine High School. What the media and public did not understand was that the first responders acted as they had been trained and conditioned to do. This tragedy identified weaknesses and outdated philosophies in tactical training and response.

    Emergency deployment protocols were developed across the country and agencies recognized the need to empower the first responders to make immediate, tactical decisions to stop the ongoing violence and save lives. However, this new mandate must also be addressed in training, It is neither appropriate nor advisable to simply TELL our first responders how to respond without first training them HOW TO respond. The ultimate mission of the ALERRT Active Shooter course is to train first responders in basic tactical skills to safely and effectively respond to - address - and stop an active shooter.

    Violent attacks in schools, businesses and public places continue to rise, and national terrorism alerts remain in the headlines. The responsibility for quality comprehensive tactical training falls on the shoulders of the men and women who are the front line responders to such critical incidents. Law enforcement agencies across the country are seeking to develop new tactics, policies and awareness programs to deal with active shooter situations.

    The Collin College District Police Department takes a proactive role in training for the possibility of an active shooter on campus. With the support of the Presidents Office and Board of Trustees,  equipment such as simmuntion training firearms, helmets and shields were purchased  to aid in the training. Several Officers attended the week long ALERRT training course and the Department currently has three Officers that attended the ALERRT Instructors course in San Marcus , Tx.

   All Collin Officers receive active shooter training on a continuous basis. We typically train during times the campuses are closed  and conduct our training in the environment we work in, such as classrooms, hallways, common areas and parking lots.

     

     Pictures and Videos of Training Coming Soon!

 

    For more information on ALERRT contact alerrt.org

    

 

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