Law enforcement agencies in Texas can apply for ALERRT travel assistance

Agencies can also apply for next year’s Bullet-Resistant Shield Grant program.

AUSTIN, Texas — Law enforcement agencies in Texas can now apply Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Travel assistance, according to a Wednesday press release from the office of Governor Greg Abbott.

Agencies may also apply for the FY2023 state Bullet-Resistance Shield Grant Program.

In June, Texas donated $105.5 million to support school safety and metal health initiatives. This amount included $3 million for local law enforcement agencies to cover travel expenses for ALERRT training and $50 million for bulletproof shields.

“These new funds will allow law enforcement officers expanded access to training for active shooter scenarios as well as critical protective equipment. I encourage all eligible law enforcement and local government agencies to apply for this additional funding as we work together to keep all Texans safe,” Abbott said in a statement.

ALERRT training aims to teach first responders effective strategies to respond to attacks, including school shootings. The training is conducted by experienced first responders and has served more than 200,000 first responders across the United States, according to Abbott’s office.

After the Uvalde mass shooting, Abbott directed the ALERRT programs to provide training to all school districts across Texas, prioritizing school-based law enforcement. Abbott’s office said throughout the summer ALERRT has trained more than 3,000 officers, held dozens of courses and is currently planning more than 100 courses in the coming months.

Abbott’s office said requests for ALERRT travel assistance are open to independent school districts, local government units, colleges and other educational institutions that operate law enforcement agencies. Applications for funding can only be made after receipt of the confirmation of registration for a ALERRT course.

The deadline for submitting and certifying an application is August 31, 2023.

Independent school districts, local government units, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other educational institutions that operate law enforcement agencies can also apply for grants to equip officers with bulletproof shields. The deadline for submitting and certifying an application for priority consideration is September 16, 2022. Additional application periods may be opened as grant approvals, according to the governor’s office.

All officers equipped with a grant-funded bulletproof shield must either have completed 16 hours of ALERRT training within the past 24 months or commit to attending within the next 24 months.

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