Capts. Joe Perkins and Bill Smith made the trek to the Georgia Public Training Center and became certified instructors for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training and will share their knowledge with deputies and officers around Cherokee, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The ALERRT program was created at Texas State University after the shooting at Columbine High School more than a decade ago and has since become the “national standard” in active shooter response training, Baker said in a Tuesday news release.
“The first responders to the Fort Hood shootings on Nov. 5, 2009, had been trained by ALERRT and credited their swift and effective response on that day to the ALERRT training they had received,” Baker said.
Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison said programs like ALERRT help his officers stay ready for any sudden occurrence.
“This ALERRT active shooter curriculum is the most cutting edge training currently available to law enforcement,” Garrison said in the news release. “It is our No. 1 priority to ensure we are properly trained and prepared to respond to any active shooter event that might occur.”