Recently, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) provided the Active Shooter Threat Training Program (ASTTP) to officers from the New York Police Department Transit Bureau (NYPDTB.)
“The New York City Police Department has long known that a police officer’s number one priority in confronting an active shooter is immediate engagement to save lives and stop the threat,” said Inspector Raymond Porteus, commanding officer of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau Special Operations Division. “Our operational training posture over the last decade has been to constantly refine and reinforce this proven approach for our patrol and specialized units who work in a range of unique environments within New York City, including in its citywide subway system. Today, we thank our partners from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers for working to help increase our proficiency and preparedness in this regard, including in a series of training exercises at the New York Fire Department’s premier subway simulator site at its Training Academy campus on Randall’s Island.”
The ASTTP prepares students to employ Active Shooter Threat Tactics through dynamic, interactive drills and scenario-based training. Kai Munshi, assistant director of technical training operations at FLETC, said, “I commend Inspector Raymond Porteous for his vision to host FLETC’s Active Shooter Training Program in an environment where NYPD Transit Bureau officers frequently operate. This realistic approach will prepare an already highly capable force to respond more effectively to any threat. FLETC trains all those who protect the Homeland, including supporting the NYPD in ensuring the safety and security of the 5.6 million passengers who utilize the New York City subways daily.”
This intensive and challenging program covers a variety of tactical subjects for responding officers, including Single Officer Response Tactics, Limited Penetration Tactics, Tactical Medical Training, Multiple Officer Response, Link-Up Procedures, Response to an Explosive Hazard, and Post Shooting Considerations. During a practical exercise, instructors evaluate the officers on their ability to perform skills and tactics in the role of a responding officer.
“At DHS, we continue to engage with state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement agencies to protect the Homeland,” said Rich Simons, Director of Partner Engagement, Office for State and Local Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. “This is critical training FLETC provides to local law enforcement. DHS and FLETC engagement with departments like the NYPD assists our collective missions.”
ASTTP is a dynamic, hands-on training program designed to equip law enforcement officers and agents with the knowledge and skills to end an active threat event. FLETC instructors tailored the ASTTP deployed to the NYPD Transit Bureau specifically to an active shooter event in a tubular environment such as a subway, airplane, or bus.
A component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FLETC provides career-long training to law enforcement professionals to help them fulfill their responsibilities safely and proficiently. Through strategic partnerships, FLETC prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, property, and institutions.
On June 16, 2022, NYPD officers practiced techniques to stop an active shooter on the New York subway system. (FLETC Courtesy Photo)
On June 16, 2022, NYPD officers practiced life-saving skills to assist victims of an active shooter. (FLETC Courtesy Photo)
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