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UKPD to host active aggressor response training April 13

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) is holding an active aggressor training open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the larger community on April 13. 

“While our mission is to keep our campus secure and safe, we know that safety is a shared responsibility,” UKPD Chief Joe Monroe said. “It is crucial that we prepare for the unthinkable — as difficult as it may be — to protect ourselves and the lives of those around us.” 

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. 

The training 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. 

The training will be led by UKPD community service officer Alan Saylor, who is a certified instructor with 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. Every year the UKPD community service team visits different departments and units across campus to provide this training upon request. 

The presentation will be held 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Worsham Cinema in Gatton Student Center. Members of the community should RSVP to attend

For more information about the course, visit this link.

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