Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-The-Trainer Course

Since 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ Program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations. Over the years, we’ve seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens, including educators and administrators, have asked what individuals can do protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny | Defend™ has been developed as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow.

Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

To support this effort, the Texas School Safety Center collaborated with the ALERRT Program to offer six CRASE Train-the-Trainer courses between December 2018 and April 2019. Participants included school-based law enforcement, school administrators, school safety personnel, and educators.

For more information about this course, please contact Cynthia J. Arredondo at or (512) 245-3908.