Texas training center could receive $15 million for active shooter training

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked Congress on Tuesday to authorize $15 million in federal funds to support a Texas program that would train officers to respond to active shooter situations.

The San Marcos-based Texas State University's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center has trained more than 50,000 officers in the last decade. Active shooter training prepares law enforcement to isolate, distract and neutralize active shooters and how to move around a room when handling a situation alone, the Texas Tribune reports.

Holder told Congress the additional funding would help officers respond to incidents like the recent tragedy at Fort Hood. Four people were killed and 16 were injured earlier in April during an active shooter incident on the base. A similar incident in 2009 resulted in 13 deaths and 32 injuries.

"In the face of this urgent and growing threat - when the lives of innocent people are at stake - those who stand on the front lines need our full and unwavering support," Holder said, according to the Texas Tribune.

The ALERRT Center has used more than $30 million in state and federal grant money for its training programs. Pete Blair, the director of research at ALERRT, said the funding would allow the center to train approximately 60,000 officers in 12 months.

"The additional funds would allow us to reach more people," Blair said, according to the Texas Tribune. "Obviously, we'd like to roll out the training to every officer we can reach - the more funding, the more officers we can reach."

The proposed $15 million in funding is part of the $27 billion Justice Department budget for the fiscal year beginning on October 1. The budget is being debated by Congress currently, with subcommittee hearings set for later in April, the Texas Tribune reports.