Southwest Arkansas police and firefighters attend ALERRT training

(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
(Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
Updated: Jul. 25, 2018 at 11:18 AM CDT
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - Southwest Arkansas police and firefighters went through training developing skills they hope to never have to use.

It all took place at Union Elementary School in Texarkana on Tuesday. Police dispatchers sound the alarm of an active shooter on a school campus — but no need to fear this was only a drill.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Response Training, commonly known as ALERRT, was created by Texas State University St.Marcus police department. In 2013 the FBI began using the training as a standardized program.

"We have now got enough funding to provide training all over the U.S. on active shooter training events," said Rick Cockrell, a Texarkana Arkansas police officer and ALERRT instructor.

Cockrell said the scenario's of all drills are taken from real life active shooters incidents across the nation.

"They ware training on specific tactics that they use and we like to keep those trade secrets for law enforcement only and fire only," Cockrell said.

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and medical personnel were trained side by side to form a unified emergency response team in Southwest Arkansas.

"If there is an event if we have an event they are going to respond are we are going to respond to assist them we are all on the same page and work together in unison to deal with the situation.

Cockrell said they have other training programs planned for the future. He added if any agency is looking for training they can contact the ALERRT program at (512) 245-1668 to get registered.

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