We’re gonna acquire a target downrange,
if necessary, and we’re gonna engage it, if necessary. How would you react to an
active shooter? Would you freeze? Or would you fight back? While America debates gun
control, local police officers are preparing themselves, so they don’t
freeze up or flee for their own safety. Since the attack at Columbine school in
1999, mass shootings in the U.S. have risen from 6 to 20 per year—and they’re
getting more deadly. Last October, 58 people were killed and 546 injured in
Las Vegas, in the worst shooting so far. And on Valentine’s Day, 17 students were
shot at a school in Parkland, Florida. You know, the, the tactics have changed. It’s,
it’s very much if we have to get hurt to stop this threat, then then that may
happen, but we’re still gonna do everything we can to stop that threat.
Before Columbine, police would wait for SWAT. But most active shooter attacks end before that happens, when the attacker
escapes or commits suicide— normally inside five minutes. It’s fallen
on first responders to react faster, hunting the shooter, without waiting for
backup. Jourdanton Police Department in Texas show us the world through their
eyes. It’s important that our community needs to know that us, as law enforcement,
we’re constantly training and they look towards us when things go bad.
My mindset is, it was always gonna be someone bigger, stronger, faster out there
than me, so I have to train for that bigger, stronger, faster person. We see that every day around the country, police
departments and sheriff’s departments are rushing towards the sound of gunfire.
We saw it in Orlando, we saw it in San Bernardino, we saw it over and over again. Police are turning to special training
companies like Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training or Alert.
Alert, who’ve partnered with the FBI, used data from past attacks to evolve how future
apprehensions should look, working in all 50 states to prepare officers to face
active shooters. Unfortunately, that’s why we, as law enforcement, are having to go
through these situations. They’re happening more frequently. The
instructors, they may have blanks, but there’s also times where they’re
actually shooting at you with munitions, and they don’t feel very good.
Feels real to me, everything in those situations are very fast pace, time is
not on your side at that point. Even when you know that the scenarios aren’t real
and you know when this is over nobody’s gonna really be hurt, you still
experience some of the same emotions that you would in a real situation, you
still have that adrenaline dump and you’ve got to control your breathing and
slow yourself down mentally, so you can make the correct decisions.
Residents of Jourdanton are familiar with the devastation caused by a mass shooting.
Last year, 26 people were shot at a church 40 minutes east in Sutherland
Springs. Not knowing where the threat is makes your adrenaline go really hard.
Now you’re having to see every small detail while you’re out there. You don’t know if
they’re ducking down in the brush, so it’s better to learn your mistakes in
a training versus learning them out in the real world because in the real world
there is no second chance. Alert are in demand. And with an FBI partnership, they’ve become American law enforcement’s
go-to training system for active shooter apprehension. We rely heavily on people
like the people at Alert and other organizations to keep evolving these
trainings, to keep them relevant, so we need to make sure that we have the right
tools in our toolbox to address these situations in a legal and ethical
fashion on behalf of the people that we serve here. I am saving people for
protection and love, not out of hate. I’m gonna win regardless.