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ALERRT (advanced law enforcement rapid response training): The nation-wide standard of training and response that UKPD has adopted in order to provide a high standard of excellence for active attack training throughout our community and police department.

University of Kentucky Police Department sent officers to become instructors with ALERRT (Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training).  They certify instructors to train police officers and civilians alike.  Their mission is to provide the best research-based active attack response training in the nation, and in 2013 was named the national standard for active attack training by the FBI.  Due to this high standard, UKPD has adopted ALERRT standard of excellence in providing the same to our community and police officers.

In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these sudden incidents has become the responsibility of those who serve within the public safety organizations of our communities. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats and the sequence of events that follow them.

Research has shown however that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.  Civilians who find themselves involved in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives prior to law enforcements arrival.  The average response time of police to an active attack event is three minutes.  Without effective, preplanned, response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes.

Local law enforcement agencies and officers are often frequently asked to provide guidance to their communities about what civilians should do if faced with an active attack threat. The course is built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) / Run, Hide, Fight strategy providing instructors with the course presentations to be able to deliver the Civilian Response program to any civilian group including schools, businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, hospitals and others.  That said, UKPD has and will continue to present this course to the UK community and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

We know that active attacks, on average, begin and end in five minutes. Statistically, seven-five percent of the time you will be the first line of defense in dealing with these particular crisis. A study conducted in 2014 by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on active attack incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013 revealed that, “Even when law enforcement was present or able to respond within minutes, civilians often had to make life and death decisions, thus, the purpose of this course helps develop those decisions they need to save theirs and others life.”

Course Overview


  • What defines an active attack
  • Law Enforcement response and training
  • Case reviews
  • Statistical perspective of active attacks
  • Denial, Deliberation, Decisive moment
  • Social Proofing
  • Scripting and practicing
  • Proactive methods


If your department or organization would like a presentation, please contact Community Services.