Fort Worth TX police give teachers active shooter training

Fort Worth campus teachers and staff can participate in a number of upcoming active shooter training courses offered by the Fort Worth Police Department.

The four-hour training, which will be offered August 5 and 10 for the first session and August 12 for the second session, will focus on the actions teachers need to take to survive an active shooting event. Other topics will include hands-on training on how to stop severe bleeding and how civilians should respond to an active fire event.

“We are excited to continue our work with the Fort Worth Police Department as we seek to leverage all resources to protect our students and employees,” said Fort Worth ISD Assistant Superintendent Karen Molinar, in a press release.

The training follows increased efforts to establish school safety at the district, local and state level after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers a few months ago. barely weeks. The shooting was the deadliest in Texas state history.

In Fort Worth, the police department also began working with child care providers to increase surveillance and security to proactively prevent any potential security threats.

Interested applicants can register for active shooter training through a website set up by the Fort Worth Police Department. Only individuals who provide proof of employment as a teacher or staff member working on a public or private school campus in the area will be eligible. The training will include both classroom and scenario-based instruction, according to Fort Worth school officials.

Much of the training is an iteration of Texas State University’s “Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)” program, which has been used to train law enforcement officers across the country to respond quickly to dangerous situations of active threat, according to the program’s website.

The training focuses on three actions to take in the event of an active shooter: Avoid, Refuse, Defend, which “has been developed as an easy-to-remember method for individuals to follow.”

Strategy training videos are also available online.

Training follows Fort Worth School Board’s Calls to Action

The training announcement comes a week after the Fort Worth School Board approved a resolution asking Governor Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session to enact ‘common sense’ gun policies to protect children. students from the mass shootings.

The resolution says that although three special sessions have been called since the end of Texas’ 87th Legislature, none have focused on preventing mass shootings and gun violence.

“[The] The Legislature has the power to protect our children from mass shootings and senseless gun violence by implementing common sense reforms,” the resolution states.

Since the shooting, Abbott has called for the formation of special committees to examine “school safety and mass violence,” but has not called for a special session.

The council passed resolution 7-1, with District 7 Administrator Michael Ryan abstaining.

Last month, the district approved the formation of a safety and security committee.

In June, Abbott ordered security and education officials to begin conducting “random, in-person, unannounced intrusion detection audits of school districts” to find weak access points and see at what point. Speed ​​staff can enter a school building without being arrested, according to reports from the TexasTribune.

In his letter to Kathy Martinez-Prather, director of the Texas School Safety Center, Abbott said the Uvalde tragedy required action.

“The state must do more than write words on paper and ensure that laws are respected; it must also ensure that a culture of constant vigilance is ingrained in every campus and in every employee of the state school district,” he said in the letter.

He also said the center “should immediately begin working with my office and the Legislative Assembly on recommendations to improve current security systems and determine the funding needed to continue the work of strengthening our schools against threats.” external”.

Writer David Silva Ramirez contributed to this report.

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Isaac Windes covers early childhood education as part of Star-Telegram’s Crossroads Lab. The position is funded with assistance from the Morris Foundation. Windes is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Before coming to Star-Telegram, he wrote about schools and colleges in southeast Texas for the Beaumont Enterprise. He was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Please ask your questions about early childhood education. Email: [email protected] or call or text (817) 668-5449. Follow Isaac on Twitter @isaacdwindes

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