by Kelli Bloomquist
Posted on 10/11/2011
FORT DODGE - Iowa Central Community College’s Homeland Security Training Center (HSTC) is one of only three agencies nationally to lead the charge in training law enforcement personnel for active shooter scenarios. As a partner with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, HSTC has trained nearly 900 law enforcement officers in the past three years in how to safely and effectively respond to - address - and stop an active shooter.
This national program has received much attention in recent weeks because of the amazing work and curriculum that is being taught. On Sept. 25th, 60 Minutes featured the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Unit in their Sunday evening story. The NYPD Counter-Terrorism unit has adopted the ALERRT program and all police offers are now required to be proficient in this curriculum. Keep in mind, this is the same program that ICCC is teaching Iowa law enforcement officers!
FOX News also spent last week filming a short piece on medical response in active shooter scenarios which is a new component to the overall curriculum. You can view the piece as aired in Texas at: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpp/news/crimewatch/Crimewatch:-Medical-Training20111003-ktbcw-#axzz1ZpXv6hTY
We are very proud of being a leader in this type of training and wanted to share with our colleagues. Many Iowa officers have successfully put this curriculum to use already in hostage and weapon scenarios.