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UKPD launches new online active aggressor response training

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) released a new online training covering community response to active aggressors. This training is open to all students, faculty and staff through myUK.

Recent statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicate that active aggressor incidents in the United States are on the rise, with a 52.5% increase between 2020-2021.

Local law enforcement agencies and officers are frequently asked to provide guidance to their communities about what civilians should do if faced with an active attack threat.

UKPD recently hosted its spring semester in-person active aggressor response training for the UK and Lexington communities on April 13.

Like the in-person training, the online training is based off of Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). ALERRT’s mission is to provide the best research-based active aggressor response training in the nation, and in 2013, the FBI named it the national standard for active aggressor training.

The course is built on the “avoid, deny, defend (ADD)” or “run, hide, fight” strategy and will provide guidance to the UK community on what to do if faced with an active aggressor threat.

Find more information about active aggressor resources here. Access the course using your myUK linkblue account here or navigate to "myUK Learning" in your myUK account.

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