East Texas law enforcement agencies use FBI-favored active shooter training

East Texas law enforcement agencies use FBI-favored active shooter training
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was "practice makes perfect" at Anderson Elementary where multiple law enforcement agencies brushed up on their active shooter training on Friday.

"Addressing the threats, neutralizing those threats and administering medical attention," said instructor, David Thomas.

Thomas, who is also the chief of police in Lufkin, said each class of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) changes from the one before it.

"The class is ever evolving," Thomas said. "And, it has to be evolving to the way people are acting."

These instructors understand that the more shooting events that occur, the more worried people are likely to get.

"We try to keep the panic down by actually conducting the training," Thomas said. "It's like anything else, sports or school. The more you study, the more you practice, the better you're going to be at your game. The better you're going to be at your activity."

The point is not to normalize school or other active shootings but to be prepared if it happens.

"The better prepared an officer is, the less likely they are to overreact," said instructor, Rusty Jacks. "And so by having classes like this, teaching officers to respond to situations and giving them the tools and the ability to respond to them properly."

Agencies involved included Lufkin, Crockett and Nacogdoches Police Departments, as well as Angelina and Polk County Sheriff's Offices. DPS troopers and Lufkin ISD Police were also in attendance.

"We share the instructor abilities," Thomas. "And, it just makes it better because we're all going to work together at the end of the day. So, we might as well teach with each other."

While the techniques might evolve and change, the mission is still the same.

"Ensure the public that their kids are going to be safe," said DPS trooper, David Flowers.

A Deep East Texas Council of Government's grant of $41,000 helped fund the training.

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