Over a dozen officers from the Department of Public Safety and other agencies were out training Wednesday afternoon to learn what to do in the event of an active shooter situation.
The training took place just off Yorktown along the Oso, and it was one of the more realistic training sessions 3News has come across.
A company called Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, or ALERRT, put the officers through a number of scenarios.
ALERRT was formed after the Columbine shooting by a group of lawmen in San Marcos. Since that time, they have been working to train patrolmen from across the country on what to do during active shootings.
The instructors knew what they were talking about on the subject, because they were all combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were looking to give the patrolmen SWAT and combat tactics to use when they are the first to arrive at a scene.
The idea is to confront a shooter and not wait for SWAT, K-9 or any other specialty forces to arrive. The goal is to take the shooter out.
"If the threat is still active and you're currently engaged, end the threat," ALERRT Instructor Michael Tamez said. "No ifs, ands or buts."
"It's very grueling training. It's hot out here. It's very realistic," DPS Trooper Andrew Smith said. "We try to keep it as real as possible. You want to train as you fight."
The officers also worked on how to take care of their wounds and how to shoot through glass when someone begins shooting at them at a traffic stop.
Trooper Smith said that he felt the training was going to help him. He feels that if he comes across an active shooting scene, he will be able to better handle himself.
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