Since 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations.
Over the years we've seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what they can do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. As we've seen that hiding and hoping isn't a very effective strategy, Avoid Deny Defend® has been developed as an easy to remember method for civilians of all ages and abilities to follow.
AVOID | DENY | DEFEND™
AVOID starts with your state of mind.
DENY when getting away is difficult or maybe even impossible.
DEFEND because you have the right to protect yourself.
Call 911 when you are in a safe area.
When Law Enforcement arrives, show your hands and follow commands.