Recently, the Homestead Police Department, hosted instructors from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) who provided the Active Shooter Threat Training Program (ASTTP) to officers from South Florida. ASTTP is a dynamic, hands-on training program designed to equip law enforcement officers and agents with the knowledge and skills required to successfully end an active threat event.
“The training that FLETC has brought to South Florida is invaluable to Law Enforcement,” stated Captain Fernando Morales, Homestead Police Department.
The foundation of law enforcement is built on partnerships and trust with the community, and federal, state, local, and tribal agencies assisting and sharing resources,” stated FLETC Director Thomas J. Walters. “This week’s training in Homestead is a great example of building partnerships and trust to effectively address a threat to public safety.”
The ASTTP prepares students to employ Active Shooter Threat Tactics through dynamic, interactive drills and scenario-based training. 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. The officers are evaluated on their ability to perform skills and tactics in the role of a responding officer during a practical exercise.
FLETC Regional Coordinator Jim Gort shares, “The unique training venue offers an opportunity to engage in lifesaving tactics, techniques and procedures these officers and agents need to stop the killing and start the saving.”
“As law enforcement officers, we are trained to stop the threats, but this training has provided what has become the most important part of an Active Shooter incident, which is saving lives,” shared Morales. “Providing officers with training on tourniquet application, chest seals, and stopping the bleeding provides victims that extra time to reach a level-one trauma center. Saving lives is the most important component of this training.”
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.
Miami area law enforcement perform live-saving tactical medical skills in an active shooter scenario at Homestead-Miami Speedway, May 18, 2022, in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Christa Crawford Thompson/FLETC OPA)
Homestead Police Department, City of Miami Police Department, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation law enforcement officers respond to a practical exercise during the FLETC Active Shooter Threat Training Program at Homestead-Miami Speedway, May 18, 2022, in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Lori Flynn/FLETC OPA)
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