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Terrorism & Mass Violence

Training & Technical Assistance

The following training and technical assistance resources will help your organization or community prepare for and respond to mass violence incidents.

Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University–San Marcos addresses the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In addition to in-depth after-action lessons learned through partnerships with agencies that have been involved in active shooter situations, ALERRT has engaged a criminal justice research professor to evaluate and enhance the overall understanding of active shooter events and assist in improving law enforcement’s response to these incidents by instituting best practices.

GAINS Center: Trauma Training for Criminal Justice Professionals

The GAINS Center, a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, offers training that helps educate criminal justice professionals about the impact of trauma and how to develop trauma-informed responses. To locate a trauma-informed trainer in your area, use the GAINS Center Trauma-Informed Response Trainer database or contact the GAINS Center directly about holding a training.

Improving Community Preparedness to Assist Victims of Mass Violence or Domestic Terrorism: Training and Technical Assistance Program

This OVC-funded project provides training, technical assistance, and support to help communities augment their existing emergency response plans to ensure they effectively include immediate and long-term protocols and strategies to support victims of mass violence and domestic terrorism.

Organizations can apply for no-cost assistance, watch on-demand trainings, and view resources on topics such as family/friends assistance center planning and donation management protocol.

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc., provides leadership, education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and behavioral health services during disasters.

National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center

The OVC-supported National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center provides communities with access to evidence-based information and the necessary resources to effectively prepare for and respond to mass violence incidents. The center provides training, technical assistance, and other tools to help communities prepare for a mass violence event and respond to the short- and long-term needs of victims. Find best practices for community preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience for mental health professionals, first responders, journalists, policymakers, and victim assistance professionals on the center's website.

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center

The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support to assist the victim services field in building its collective capacity to serve crime victims. Visit the Mass Violence & Terrorism section of their website for a range of resources to assist with developing a comprehensive plan to respond to the immediate and short- and long-term needs of victims of mass violence incidents.

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program

The State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides specialized multiagency anti-terrorism detection, investigation, and interdiction training and related services to state, local, and Tribal law enforcement and prosecution authorities.

Date Created: April 19, 2020