Youngkin announces funding for active shooter response training program

Published: May. 11, 2023 at 2:17 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ/Governor’s Office Release) - Virginia’s Criminal Justice Services Board has awarded $2.4 million for statewide Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) as part of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Active Attack Program, which educates first responders and civilians on responding to active shooter incidents, according to Governor Glenn Youngkin.

The governor says, “ALEERT embraces a whole-of-Community approach by providing consistent, evidence-based training to all law enforcement agencies and civilians to neutralize and survive attacks. All law enforcement agencies, private and public learning institutions, and faith-based organizations are eligible to register for in-person trainings hosted statewide, or virtual course offerings.”

“This comprehensive approach to emergency response and recovery reinforces the fact that public safety responders are one part of the nation’s emergency management team and civilians can support response efforts when properly equipped with knowledge on what to do in active attack scenarios,” continues the governor. “The ALERRT program was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Commonwealth’s renewed commitment to ensuring Virginians and first responders are able to enroll in best-in-class courses that equip them with the skills they need to best respond to active attack events,” said Governor Youngkin. “This program will build a culture of preparedness by increasing consistent and coordinated first responder training and civilian education.”

“Law enforcement and civilian participation in the ALERRT program will ensure our communities are provided with the best, state-of-the-art training and research in how to prepare, respond, and recover from an active attack,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bob Mosier.

“We want our law Enforcement Officers to be highly trained and ready to take action if they find themselves responding to an active shooter,” said DCJS Director Jackson Miller. “Officers trained to be Level 1 Active Attack responders will save lives with their quick and decisive response.”

The funding approved will provide DCJS $1.55 million for one-time equipment acquisitions and three years of annual funding at $288,000 per year, according to the governor’s office. This funding supports 16 law enforcement courses and 48 civilian courses annually.

DCJS plans to offer a number of law enforcement active attack courses to law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, plus civilian courses and webinars, and will develop an “age-appropriate” eLearning series for K-12 students about personal safety, according to the governor’s office.

Click here for more on the ALERRT program, including upcoming courses.