ALERRT Newsletter - May 2021
ALERRT Newsletter - May 2021
May 2021
ALERRT's New Learning Management System
Cayce Williams, E-Learning Program Manager

With the upcoming roll out of ALERRT’s new LMS, we thought we would take a minute to explain what exactly it is, as well as talk about some of the upcoming content we have planned. 

The LMS, or Learning Management System, is an online tool that is used to efficiently share and deliver content and training directly to you. Using the LMS is like taking a trip to Target, a one stop shop where you can go to find all the resources, classes and content that ALERRT has to offer in one easy and convenient location.  

The LMS is currently being tested with our Adjunct Instructors as the inital users. We have successfully delivered two webinars using the LMS and will be adding an information session recording to test the registration and user reporting features. Once the LMS is tested we can go live to all of the ALERRT users.  

Our upcoming plans for the LMS include courses designed using our current curriculum and informational and instructor resources. We have been filming for a new response to an active attack course to be delivered using the LMS. This course is based on several of our training scenarios and will be interactive with the user. We are excited about the possibilities of the LMS and look forward to generating resources and training that can be utilized on an eLearning platform. 


Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Nashville, TN | October 30 - November 2
Submissions to speak at this year's ALERRT Conference will close Friday, May 14th. For more information on applying, visit

We'd like to thank the vendors who will be joining us this year in Nashville, TN so far:




ICOR Technology     Rescue Essentials     Galls     IronYun, Inc.
Con10gency Consulting     Phokus Research Group

ALERRT Research Opportunity

Sgt. Boston Ross, who is a currently serving peace officer in Texas and currently in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) degree, is respectfully seeking participation in a survey exploring the nature of moral injury and religious coping in American law enforcement, to assist him in gathering data for his doctoral dissertation.
His goal is to better understand and explore the nature of moral injury, as it exists in the American law enforcement population (and which has been shown to be related to increased occurrences of suicide and PTSD in the other populations which it has been studied), while also examining a possible coping mechanism used by officers to counter such injury.
The survey is approximately 65 questions and should take between 15-20 minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous. If you are interested in participating, click the button below, or copy and paste the link into your browser:  

Cayce Williams
E-Learning Program Manager 
How long have you been with ALERRT? I have been a full-time staff member for 8 months. Prior to becoming the eLearning Program Manager, I was an Adjunct Instructor. I started taking classes with ALERRT in 2011 and I became an Instructor in 2013.
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? Right now, my day-to-day varies. I am out at the range almost everyday and work on various projects as they come up. I spend time in Zoom meetings and work on filming assignments. We are recording a podcast, filming products and items for our proposed ‘Test and Evaluation’ series on YouTube, and working on an eLearning course.  

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? My favorite thing about working at ALERRT is the people. I have known everyone for several years and it really is like family. I get to see them now more instead of just at conferences and on the road teaching classes.

What's one thing you couldn't live without? Several years ago, another instructor gave me a challenge coin and said, “Keep that with you, it will keep you safe.” I did not think much of it until the same instructor told me a few days later to make sure I kept the coin to make sure I was safe. Well, I am a little superstitious, so I have had the same challenge coin with me every day. I cannot leave the house without it. I have even gone back to the house to get the coin when I left it.

What is your least favorite food? I am allergic to raw tomatoes. So, that would have to be my least favorite.
What sort of pets do you have? I rescued a chihuahua puppy that I found on duty about three years ago. She is pretty cool for a four pound dog. And no, John, you can’t keep my dog. 
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? I love to cook, but I hate doing the dishes.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Hire a lawyer and financial advisor, then another lawyer and financial advisor to keep an eye on the first ones. 
Gareth Fowler
Logistics Technician
How long have you been with ALERRT? 
3 years and 1 month.
What does your day-to-day look like at ALERRT? Prep kits, Receive UPS shipments, Lunch, Send out shipments, Lockup the range.

What’s your favorite thing about working at ALERRT? Knowing that what we do is actively saving lives.
What is your least favorite food? Broccoli.

What sort of pets do you have? Pretty puppy Lacy

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Travel around, sight see, and help people.
Favorite place you've traveled? Tulum, Mexico.
Where is your favorite place to be in your free time? By the water. Kayaking the river or hanging out at the lake.

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