Active Shooter/School Safety
Course Description: Train armed citizens in the fundamentals of active shooter response. The course was developed by Texas Department of Public Safety in accordance with Texas Government Code §411.1901 to teach employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school about responsibilities related to school safety. The course content is applicable to anyone defending any facility (church, office, school or home) against an active shooter threat.
This course is designed for a minimum of fifteen (15) hours, maximum twenty (20) hours of classroom instruction, written examinations, practical exercises and the proficiency demonstration.
The range portion of this course goes beyond the License To Carry minimum standards, teaching presentation from concealment, shooting from cover and other skills. To meet state standards, students must also pass the Texas License to Carry shooting test with a score of 90% or higher (225 points) and complete a 50 round Shooting Under Duress shooting exercise developed by DPS for this course. Students in the KR Training version of this course will also fire the shooting test from the NRA Defensive Pistol class, and the annual qualification course of fire used by a major Texas city's police department.
Topics: The Active Shooter Event, Human Response, Avoid, Deny, Defense, Interaction with First Responders, Shooting Under Duress, roleplaying exercises.
Length: 15-20 hours.
For prices and upcoming course dates, check the schedule page.
Prerequisites: Texas License to Carry a Handgun
Required Equipment: Handgun, quality belt holster (kydex or leather, must cover trigger guard, must be possible to reholster one handed), 2 or more magazines, 300 rounds of handgun ammunition. Eye and ear protection.
See the general policies page for suggestions on food, drink, clothing, etc.
Taught by: Karl Rehn and Paul Martin
Facility: A-Zone Range
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed SB 1857, entitled "The Texas School Safety Training Act." This bill established a process by which license to carry (LTC) instructors can provide a state certified training program for school districts and school employees who wish to have employees with LTCs carry handguns on campus.
In 2017, DPS began offering an instructor certification course to a limited number of License To Carry instructors. KR Training has 3 instructors certified to offer the School Safety course: Karl Rehn, Paul Martin and Tina Maldonado.
In rural Texas counties, law enforcement response times can be as much as 30 minutes or longer. And that's for the first law enforcement officer to arrive on scene. For schools in remote parts of the state, the teachers, administrators and students are the first responders for their school. They will have to fend for themselves, providing their own security and first aid until help arrives.
It's also important to note that a teacher is not allowed to carry on campus even after completing this training. Each school district can decide what level of training, if any, it wishes to impose on employees it permits to carry guns on campus. A school district could allow any LTC holder to carry...or it could allow no LTC holder to carry on the premises of its schools. This course is simply a training course that school districts may utilize as a way to qualify and prepare school employees to carry on campus.
A school employee wishing to get this certification must do more than sit through two days of classes. For example, they must:
- already possess a LTC
- demonstrate proficiency with their handgun with a passing score of 90 percent (compared to the passing score of 70 percent to get your LTC)
- pass two written examinations with a score of 90 percent (compared to the passing score of 70 percent on one written examination to get your LTC)
DPS has requested instructors not speak in detail about the curriculum of the course. I can however tell you that it is based largely on the work of Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ Program.
This course content is general enough that it has value to anyone interested in active shooter response, and as a state-certified, state-developed course, the training it provides will be more legally defensible in court than other uncertified courses offered by private sector schools.