Since 2002, the ALERRT Center at Texas State has been awarded over $50 million in state and federal grant funding, and has trained more than 90,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. While most of the training is delivered on-site around the country, ALERRT also has a multimillion-dollar training facility in San Marcos for advanced active shooter response training.
In 2013, the FBI named ALERRT the national standard for active shooter response training. ALERRT established a nationally-renowned criminal justice research department to evaluate and enhance the understanding of active shooter events helping to improve law enforcement best practices.
The Child Development Center serves as a lab environment for the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. As part of their course work, child development students observe child and teacher behaviors, work in the classroom under the supervision of a qualified teacher and participate in a semester long internship at the center. In turn, the Child Development Center offers a realistic and diverse training environment for future child care professionals. The Center is also the home for the San Marcos Early Childhood Collaboration Project, one of three model programs in the state involving the collaboration of Head Start, the public Colleges, and public child care.
A university-level resource center for education and information about children and families. Our mission is to foster collaborative research, grant proposal-writing, and experiential student learning to improve the quailty of life for children and families. The Center provides consultation and support for faculty members and community practitioners to write interdisciplinary grant proposals and to manage grants. The grants offer learning opportunities for university students as well as research opportunities for faculty members and practitioners. Center activities promote comprehensive, collaborative services for children and families across the lifespan.
Through research, modeling, and training, the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation (GII) seeks to improve our intelligence and investigate responses to security threats from criminal offenders, terrorists, and insurgents. GII projects have included the study of the geospatial relationships between terrorists cell sites, military applications of geographic profiling, researching criminal search paths, and the indentification of geographic features associated with illegal border crossings.
The Texas Justice Court Training Center provides quality education opportunities for justices of the peace, constables, and court personnel, ensuring the credibility of and confidence in the justice courts, enabling them to better serve the people of The State of Texas.