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Police learn tactics for preventing mass shootings

Photo by Morgan True / VTDIgger Officers use bright colored pistols loaded with marking rounds during an active shooter training.
Photo by Morgan True / VTDIgger
Officers use bright colored pistols loaded with marking rounds during an active shooter training.

By Morgan True

For Vermont Digger

Police officers from around the state took advantage of UVM’s empty halls over the holiday break to participate in a multi-day active shooter response training.

The 20-hour program covers the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) created at Texas State University. The ALERRT method was developed over the past 14 years with the help of $40 million in state and federal grants.

Sixty Vermont officers completed the training last week, which was sponsored by the UVM Police Department. Another 60 officers have already completed the training, said UVM Police Chief Lianne Tuomey.

Four Williston Police Department officers took part, said Chief Todd Shepard. Nine Williston officers attended the training in 2014, the last time it was offered.

The purpose of the training is to help local officers learn tactics to prevent or diminish the impact of a mass shooting in Vermont.

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