ALERRT Newsletter - January 2021
ALERRT Newsletter - January 2021
January 2021
2020 + 1
Pete Blair
Executive Director
Welcome to 2020 +1.  We made it through 2020; unfortunately, all the problems of 2020 are still here.  We are still in the midst of a pandemic.  The country is still divided.  We will see more civil unrest and criticism (defunding) of the police.  So we have all the baggage that 2020 gave us, and we will pick up more baggage this year.  That's why we are calling it 2020 +1 (Thanks to Stephanie Brown for introducing me to the idea).

With all that said, I want you all to know that most of the public still supports you and believes in what you do.  You are not alone.  Keep an eye out for each other.  Step in when you see one of your colleagues struggling.  Use the support systems that your agency provides.  Try to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, eat well, and stop watching the news.  If there is anything that ALERRT can do to help you or your agency, please let us know.

Also, don't forget that this too shall pass.  The vaccine is being distributed, and the current spike in cases appears to be plateauing or even decreasing in many areas of the country.  Hopefully, by summer, we will be well on our way to more normal operations.

I also suspect that as we see spikes in crime around the country, criticism of the police will become less intense.  Keep being professional and courteous.  Look for opportunities for positive engagement with your community, and this too shall pass.

Stay safe,
Pete
The 2021 ALERRT Integrated Response Conference will be in person at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
October 30 - November 2  |  ALERRTconference.org
Speaker registration will open in February, with attendee registration opening in March. More information and details to come.
ALERRT Adjunct Instructor Meeting 

The next ALERRT Adjunct Instructor Meeting will take place via Zoom on February 10th at 0900 hours (CST). Adjunct Instructors are encouraged to send in questions and topics they would like us to cover. Utilizing Zoom for meetings with the Adjuncts was received well at the last meeting in early December. The December meeting recording is available on the ALERRT website, in the Instructor Resources, within the Adjunct Materials section. 

The new ALERRT eLearning website has been approved. We will begin adding resources to the site soon. We have several eLearning projects in the works with one being an overhaul of the Instructor Resources on the ALERRT site. The new videos for Level 1 have been added and are currently up to date. Please check the Instructor Resources site regularly and review the videos as we add them.  Some of the course curriculum has changed over the years and we ask each Certified Instructor and Adjunct use the resources to stay current with their training deliveries.
Emily Pettit
Senior Program Coordinator
How long have you been with ALERRT? Almost 11 years.
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? Mainly ensuring that the scheduling of our courses run smoothly, as well as our adjunct invoices. I’ve got a phenomenal team, so that really helps in making my job easier!

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? Our mission. By far. I am beyond proud to be part of a program that is actively working to stop the growing trend of active attacks in our country. 

What was an unusual job you’ve had outside of ALERRT? When I was 15, I worked in a chicken house for the summer. I had to walk around with a wheelbarrow and pick up the dead chicks that had been trampled. I will never in my life get over that smell!
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? My kids.
Favorite TV show?  Friends.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Bathrooms. Probably because I have two boys though...
What was the first concert you ever attended? Rage Against the Machine and The Roots at Southpark Meadows in Austin
Kyle Stapp
Logistics Technician
How long have you been with ALERRT? 
3 years and 2 months.
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? My day-to-day consists of checking the kit list and prepping any classes that need to be shipped accordingly. I double check outgoing shipments and ensure the quality of each shipment. On top of that me and the warehouse crew make sure the range is clean and in good working order for the officers that train with us. 

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? Knowing that my work goes into something much larger and impactful than myself. Being a part of ALERRT's mission provides me with a sense of fulfillment I would not get somewhere else.
Where is your favorite place to be in your free time? Next to my baby girl! She is too happy a baby to say anywhere else.

What sort of pets do you have? I have two pets; Rusty is a brown basenji/chow mix who looks like a wild dog. The other is Zuko, an American short hair cat me and my wife rescued from a shelter after he lived through a house fire.
Favorite movie? Probably O Brother, Where Art Thou?
One random fact about yourself most people don’t know: I’m a pretty good cook thanks to my mom teaching me some of what she knows.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? The first thing I would do is give the rest of the warehouse crew $100k because I have already promised them I would.

Research Update

CRASE PowerPoint Updates
As many of you know, we update the CRASE PowerPoint every year to include the most recent data. We are diligently working with the FBI Active Shooter Working Group to finalize the 2020 active shooter list. Once this list is finalized our research team will update the CRASE PowerPoint to reflect the events from 2000 through 2020. We will notify everyone via the ALERRT Newsletter when the updated PowerPoint is available to download as well as instructions on how to access it.

2021 Research Update
ALERRT’s research team was required by Texas State University to pause all in-person research during 2020, so we shifted to online surveys that relate to policing issues. I would like to start by thanking everyone that participated in any of the surveys we already distributed. As we continue to push forward with policing research, we will be distributing a few more surveys this year. Most of the surveys originate from ALERRT, but a couple originate from policing scholars that have a strong working relationship with ALERRT. I personally vet the surveys to ensure they are geared toward improving aspects of policing. The research team understands that you all have a unique perspective that is incredibly valuable to improving policing and first responder research.


Regarding recruitment, we randomly select past ALERRT participants from a large database to receive an invitation to participate. We remove selected participants from the overall database to ensure you don’t get randomly selected to receive multiple surveys. If you are randomly selected to receive a survey, your participation is always voluntary. We hope you will participate if you receive an invitation. This ensures your opinion and perspective are included in any of the subsequent reports.

We’ve also received approval to start on a single in-person study this spring. We will use this opportunity to continue assessing the physiological impact virtual reality has during active shooter training drills. We’re hopeful that we will receive more approvals once COVID-19 is less of an issue.


Please reach out if you ever have any questions about the surveys or studies conducted at ALERRT.

Stay safe.

Hunter Martaindale, PhD
Director of Research

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