Texas Police Chiefs Begin Active Shooting Response Training This Month

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TEXAS (TAUT) – Texas police chiefs have begun active shooting training as part of their mandatory continuing education classes.

The new four-hour compulsory curriculum for Texas police chiefs began this month in Lubbock.

The chiefs learned about the terminologies commonly used in active shooting incidents.

North Richland Hills Police Chief Jimmy Perdue is the president of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and says those in command of their departments will have similar classes.

“Across the board, all the way from top to bottom, we all understand the terminology and frankly, we understand law enforcement’s expectations in a critical incident like this,” Perdue said. “Go to the threat and neutralize the threat.”

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Perdue said the chiefs don’t have to undergo the same training as officers, including building searches as part of a 16-hour curriculum.

In Texas, police chiefs are required to complete 40 hours of training every two years.

The new curriculum comes about four months after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

That school district recently fired Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who was the site commander that day, and has been sharply criticized for taking more than an hour to chase down the gunman.

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Chief Purdue said: “While we wouldn’t say that this class would have given him a level of expertise to make various decisions, we just felt there was a gap in the training that we recognized when we looked at it from a statewide perspective.”

Unlike Uvalde, he said most chiefs are not commanders, but training is vital, so chiefs have this knowledge about active shooting situations.

“The more information you have, the more knowledge you have, the better commander you can be at directing an incident while it’s going on,” Purdue said.

Even if chiefs are not on the scene during an incident, Perdue said they are still responsible for ensuring their officers are properly equipped and trained to respond to the situations.

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While state leaders didn’t need this new training, Perdue said it became a priority for his organization, the Texas ALERRT Center and the Law Enforcement Management Institute, after Uvalde.

“This is important,” Purdue said. “We have to do this and we have to make it happen quickly.”

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