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About the Conference

Welcome to the 2020 Texas Private School Safety Conference!

Because of tragedies on school campuses in recent years, school safety is under review nationwide. This scrutiny has resulted in great improvements in educational, technological, and infrastructural approaches to safety. The Texas Legislature has mandated certain standards be put into place at public and open charter schools and has provided substantial assistance in funding these changes.

Private schools, however, face a dilemma: how to meet and exceed the standards set for public schools without the same government assistance.

The 2020 TPSSC, taking place June 25-28, will bring in speakers from across the country to discuss recently mandated safety standards and explore the unique challenges that private schools of all types face today in providing a safe environment. The conference will also generate ideas on how we can effect—and fund—positive changes on our own campuses and communities.

Knowledge is the first line of defense in ensuring the safety of our staff and students. Join us, and together, we will seek to strengthen one other.

Registration for the conference, which will take place on the campus of San Marcos Academy in San Marcos, Texas, will open soon. Please leave your contact information, and we will let you know when registration has opened. For more information about the TPSSC, email TPSSC@smabears.org or call (512) 753–8005.

Conference Mission

The mission of the Texas Private School Safety Conference is to support private schools in Texas as they seek to meet, exceed, and fund recommended campus safety standards set by research-based best practices and state/federal legislation.

Conference Vision

The vision of the Texas Private School Safety Conference is to create opportunities for educators in Texas private schools to acquire safety training in order to create safe learning environments. Educators will learn to become attentive to their surroundings, confident in their decision-making, and willing to act in the best interest of their students’ mental and physical care.

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Keynote Speakers

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John-Michael Keyes

For nearly a decade, Mr. Keyes has represented The “I Love U Guys” Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety.

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Prior to that, Mr. Keyes’ career has spanned graphic design, communications, writing, software and database development. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety. Today, Mr. Keyes is an internationally sought keynote speaker not just in the arena of school safety but often presents to law enforcement-only audiences.

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Carly Posey

Carly Posey is a national speaker and advocate for school safety. Two of her four children were inside Sandy Hook Elementary School when an armed man entered the building on December 14, 2012.

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The shooter made his way to her son’s first grade classroom, killing his teacher and a classmate. When he stopped to re-load, her son escaped, running to a nearby fire station. Her daughter, who remained hidden inside an art room office, also survived, but the lessons learned were significant. Carly’s other two children were at the intermediate school in Newtown where they were in lockdown the entire school day. The lack of preparedness within the community to respond and recover to such an incident left a lasting impression.

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Cheryl L. Moores

Cheryl is a Victim Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Houston Division. She has over 20 years of experience working with victims of crime—the majority of which have been crimes against children.

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As a Victim Specialist, Cheryl works with and advocates for victims of federal crimes. She has presented on various topics that include but are not limited to Human Trafficking, Mass Casualty, Cyber Safety, Bullying, Sexting and Sextortion. She has been in her current position for 14 years.

Prior to her time with the FBI, she worked for the Family Advocacy Program for the United States Army as well as for the Navy and Marine Corps’ Counseling and Advocacy Program. In addition to her current role, she is a member of the FBI Victim Services Response Team and has deployed to several mass casualty events including San Bernardino, Dallas, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe and El Paso. She is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Victim Services.

Cheryl has a M.P.A. in Public Administration and a B.S. in Social Science. She is currently a doctoral student working on a PhD in Forensic Psychology. Cheryl was recently interviewed for NBC nightly news story “After mass shootings, FBI team helps families through tragedy”.

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Conference Speakers

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Marty Adcock

CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events)

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Adcock served as a Reconnaissance Marine at 1st Reconnaissance Bn. in combat operations in Desert Storm.

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After leaving the United States Marine Corps, Adcock worked for and retired from the League City Police Department in 2017, serving on patrol for 14 years with the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit and for 5 years as a training officer.

Adcock is a Texas Master Peace officer with a Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University. He has traveled for the last 15 years across the nation as an adjunct instructor for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERRT), providing active shooter training throughout our nation. Adcock is also a Master Instructor for Safariland Training Group, providing training in breaching, high-risk warrants planning and execution, less lethal munitions, shoot-house instructor and ballistic shields.

Currently serving as the Midwest Regional Manager for the ALERRT Center at Texas State University-San Marcos, Adcock’s responsibilities include curriculum development, instructor development and assignments, program management and partnership development throughout the 15 states in his region.

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Brian Benscoter

Benscoter is an Air Force veteran who assisted with mission planning for Operation Red Flag and has spent the past 27-years serving private schools as a teacher, principal, and head of school.

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Benscoter developed “A Workbook for Schools” based on the 2018 Parkland active killer incident. The workbook provides a template that assists many schools through their process of examining the statements, findings, and recommendations of the Public Safety Commission’s Report on the Parkland incident.

Now serving as a Training and Education Specialist at the Texas School Safety Center, Benscoter develops curriculum to assist schools with enhancing their safety and security needs.

During his service as a private school educator, Benscoter was also an AdvancEd/ACSI Accreditation Commissioner, international school board member for a private school in Romania, and an instructor at several education conferences throughout the country.

Brian has earned the Advance Professional Series Certification of Achievement from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and is a Texas Commissioned Personal Protection Officer. He is a Refuse to Be a Victim Seminar Instructor, Active Shooter Exercise Development Instructor, Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method Instructor, Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Instructor, and Stop the Bleed Instructor.

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Bobby Brasher

Bobby Brasher is the Director of School Security for The Brook Hill School, a private, Christian, college preparatory, international boarding school with both day and boarding students in Bullard, Texas

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Brasher holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana Tech University with emphasis in Criminology. He has a lengthy background in Education as well as Security and Law Enforcement.  He graduated from the University of Louisiana – Monroe Police Academy  and received his P.O.S.T. certification.

Brasher served 6 years as a police officer and Sheriff’s Deputy. He consults on safety and security for schools and churches including independent/private schools in Latin America and Africa. He also spent time in Israel observing Israeli strategies and tactics. Brasher started a non-profit Christian defense and safety organization to assist churches and faith-based schools on how to protect, educate, and respond to various emergency situations. His other certifications and experiences include the following:

  • Texas Education Agency Secondary Teaching Certificate
  • Louisiana Department of Education Secondary Teaching Certificate
  • United State Marine Corps Teacher Education School
  • School Safety Specialist (The Center for Safe and Secure Schools)
  • Six years as a commissioned police officer working as a Sheriff’s Deputy and City police officer.
  • Certified Police Academy Instructor for Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor for Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Department of Homeland Security/FEMA certified Search and Rescue
  • Over 20 years’ experience as a classroom teacher in Police Operations and Introduction into Law Enforcement
  • Texas Dept. of Public Safety License to Carry Instructor
  • Texas Dept. Of Public Safety Private Security Bureau Level 2, Level 3 and Plain clothes Level Protection Officer
  • DPS Private Security Bureau classroom and Level 3 Firearm instructor.
  • FBI Child Abduction Rapid Response Training
  • Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute (National Response Plan)
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Jeff Broaddus

Jeff Broaddus serves as Senior Associate for Broaddus & Associates, where his leadership experience enables him to be involved and committed to successful completion of projects.

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Broaddus consults on projects requiring expertise in law enforcement and firearms training facilities, public safety and emergency operations centers, detention and court and federal facilities.

Prior to joining Broaddus & Associates, he was a Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service, where he performed a full spectrum of duties including anti-terrorism site security plans, physical security, fire and life safety, mechanical, and environmental assessments. An important aspect to his duties was his role as a criminal investigator, in which he gained valuable experience related to criminal justice facilities, including city and county jails, federal detention centers, courthouses, and entry control points. Broaddus has experience in the proper handling and transport of prisoners in both federal and local law enforcement settings. As a certified Secret Service Firearms Instructor, Broaddus gained valuable insight to an owner’s perspective of the design and use of the entire spectrum of law enforcement training facilities. He is currently certified as a Texas Peace Officer and EMT, spending time instructing law enforcement personnel in critical incident response and the tactical employment of firearms.

A combat veteran of the Marine Corps Infantry, Broaddus currently serves in the Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Major. In this role, he has led and mentored groups of Marines at many levels, from a small staff of senior subject-matter expert instructors to a reinforced infantry company in combat. He has also been responsible for the management, coordination, scheduling, and logistics associated with pre-operational planning for training and combat operations alike. Broaddus holds a Bachelor of the Arts in International Studies and History from Texas A&M University.

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Laura Colangelo

Laura Colangelo is the Executive Director of the Texas Private Schools Association, an advocacy organization representing the over 870 private, accredited schools in Texas in the state legislature and in DC.

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Colangelo has had three successful legislative sessions in which she passed bills regarding credit card fees, epi-pens, and school marshals in private schools.  This past session, she passed four student protection bills that keep predators out of private schools in the state.  These became law on September 1, 2019.

Prior to this role, Colangelo was the head of an Episcopal preschool in Austin, Texas, focused on providing a quality early childhood educational experience in a historically under-served population.  Her focus was on providing an individualized and developmentally-appropriate curriculum with an eye to school readiness.  This approach resulted in exponential growth for the school and the community.

Colangelo received her Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and her Master’s in Education at the University of Kentucky.  After teaching middle and upper school Spanish in both public and private schools in Houston, she focused her University of Texas doctoral work in curriculum and instruction on the integration of minority students in private schools.  She is able to use both her experience and research not only to represent the interests of private schools, but also to advance education policy focused on quality outcomes for all students in Texas.

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Katherine Contreras

Stop the Bleed

A 15-year paramedic in Central Texas, Katie Contreras is the Administrative Training Captain at San Marcos Hays County EMS.

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Contreras also teaches with Austin Community College and The ALERRT Center at Texas State University as Adjunct Faculty, as well as guest lecturing with Odin Medical (Tulsa). She recently received a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management through Columbia College (South Carolina).

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Dale E. Hackbarth

Hackbarth completed his 28 years of service as a Senior Corporal in the Special Weapons and Tactics Division (SWAT). He is now Director of Security at the St. Mark’s School of Texas, a position he has held since 2013.

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A native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Dale graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Business from Carroll University in 1982. He began his career with the Dallas Police Department in 1985 as a Patrol Officer serving in South East Dallas for five years. Following this assignment, he transferred to the Special Weapons and Tactics Division (SWAT) where he completed his 28 years of service as a Senior Corporal. Dale has been Director of Security at the St. Mark’s School of Texas since 2013.

During his nearly three decades of service, Hackbarth trained in a variety of tactics and best practices. As a SWAT officer, Hackbarth worked off duty assignments providing personal security for businesses and families. In addition to his role at St. Mark’s, Dale consults and advises schools and businesses on preparation and response tactics to Active Shooter and crisis environments.

Hackbarth holds certifications to instruct from TCOLE (Texas Commission of Law Enforcement), ALLERT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response to an Active Shooter), TASER, Reality Based Training and CrossFit-Level 1. He is also an instructor in Tactical Pistol, Advanced Handgun Skills, Hostage Rescue, Advanced SWAT Operations, Intermediate Sniper, Patrol Rifle, and Specialty Impact Munitions along with being a Master Peace Officer.

Dale enjoys Crossfit, yardwork, grilling, mountain biking, and hiking. He is happily married and is a proud father of three grown children.

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Hays County Narcotics Task Force

In 1998 the Hays County Narcotics Task Force was created as a partnership between the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the San Marcos Police Department.

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The Hays County Narcotics Task Force was formed to detect and apprehend narcotics traffickers, couriers, and those in possession of illegal narcotics and dangerous drugs in violation of the laws of the State of Texas, and the United States of America.

The Hays County Narcotics Task Force continues to implement narcotics enforcement programs throughout San Marcos and Hays County that will deter illicit narcotics trafficking and possession.

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Christi Traver Pahl

Christi Pahl is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas who began working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a Victim Specialist in 2018, where she continues to work with crime victims and their families.

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Pahl received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and began her career working for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services conducting child abuse/neglect investigations. She then transitioned to Texas Department of Public Safety in 2010, where she worked as a Crime Victim Services Counselor for 8 years. In this role, Pahl assisted victims of numerous crimes and also assisted in the response to the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting in November 2017.

In 2018, Pahl began working as a Victim Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, where she continues to work with crime victims and their families. She responded to the Midland/Odessa shooting in September 2019 and provided crisis response to multiple families involved in this incident. She has trained law enforcement across Texas and the United States on numerous victim related topics. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their 3 four-legged children.

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Tim Savoy

Tim Savoy is currently the chief communication officer for the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, which covers 220 square miles of territory just south of Austin.

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Savoy serves in an executive director level capacity on the superintendent’s cabinet, directing all communication and community engagement efforts of the district.

From 2004 to 2011, Savoy represented the Texas Youth Commission (TYC). He began as the state agency’s public information officer and was named communication director in 2007, during the agency’s reform and conservatorship. In this role, he handled media requests, wrote and produced all agency publications, managed all content on the agency website, produced collateral communication material to support departments preparing reports or presentations, and was the official agency photographer.

Prior to joining TYC, Savoy was the chief media spokesperson for the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (SCUCISD) in Schertz, Texas. Additionally, he produced all of the district special projects and top level award programs, managed the school board elections, and responded to all public information act requests.

Savoy spent nearly six years as a reporter for the ABC News affiliate in Columbus, Georgia. In addition to his experience as an investigative, crime and court, public safety, and general assignments reporter for WTVM Television (ABC), he has served as the news anchor for a news magazine show that aired on the National Public Radio affiliate in Austin, Texas. Some of his major stories include: 1996 Summer Olympic Games and Centennial Park bombing, media witness to Georgia’s last electric chair execution, coverage of three hurricanes, troop deployments to Iraq and Bosnia from Fort Benning army installation, regular coverage of Jimmy Carter in Plains, the death of George Wallace, and a five state wildflower summit with Ladybird Johnson.

He is the winner of two Associated Press awards for series reporting and spot news coverage, was nominated for a regional Emmy award for a series about child safety and abduction prevention, and was named Media Person of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Columbus, Georgia, and Russell County, Alabama. He was the SCUCISD administrator of the year in 2002 and was inducted into the district’s Hall of Honor in 2006 as a distinguished former student. Some of Savoy’s projects at TYC have been recognized as best practices by the United States Department of Justice. He is also the recipient of multiple Texas School Public Relations Association Star Awards at the silver, gold, and best in category levels.  Savoy holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Broadcast News from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jeri Skrocki

Jeri Skrocki began her career with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 and worked her way to the senior rank of lieutenant.

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Skrocki’s most recent role has been to supervise the criminal investigations division and its 30 employees. She has worked in the Sheriff’s Office in a number of capacities, including managing the School Resource Officer (SRO) program for the school districts in the county, like Hays CISD, that utilize full-time sheriff’s deputies for school safety.

In 2018, Skrocki was recognized by Governor Greg Abbott for her role in helping to coordinate a county-wide standard response protocol in Hays County. This practice was extolled as a model that should be adopted in counties statewide. She was also included as a member of the governor’s roundtable discussion team that evaluated school safety solutions following the deadly mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

In addition to serving as the supervisor of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Skrocki is a Master Peace Officer, a certified Mental Health Peace Officer, a certified expert in the area of child abuse, and a TCOLE instructor with a record of several hundred hours of teaching law enforcement trainers. She is also the commander of the award-winning Hays County Crisis Negotiation Team. Her volunteer work includes having served on the board of the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center. Skrocki holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University (now  Texas State University). She graduated with honors, completing her education in four years while working and paying for college on her own.

Skrocki is currently the new director of safety and security for Hays County. This is a position that is dedicated to ensuring students and staff members are prepared for emergencies and that district facilities are safe and secure. The position was created in 2018 in Hays CISD following the tragic school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, and in recognition of the need for the district to employ a senior-level leader who has no other duties besides safety and security management.

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Kharley Smith

In August of 2019, Kharley Smith was appointed to the State Division of Emergency Management to lead a statewide Disaster Recovery Task Force. She had previously served for three years as Hays County Emergency Services Director.

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Smith was appointed Emergency Management Coordinator for Hays County in November of 2012. In that position, she coordinated response and recovery efforts for the October 2013 flood and two major flood events in 2015, along with numerous less publicized emergencies ranging from wildfires to gas leaks.

Along the way she became nationally recognized for her work in developing the Standard Response Protocol Task Force, which implemented safety protocols for every public and private school in Hays County as well as many government offices and businesses.

As the Director of Emergency Services, Smith developed the HaysInformed.com website which shares emergency information countywide for residents and visitors and which allows designated personnel throughout the county to post information. Smith and her team received numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Emergency Management Association of Texas’ Excellence in Emergency Management Award for the County’s “superb emergency management program.”

Smith joined Hays County in 2001 as an Emergency Communications Officer in the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center, and before that worked at Texas State University Police Department’s Dispatch Center while obtaining a degree in Public Administration. She also served the County as the Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator for the Local Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Office before being named Emergency Management Coordinator.

Smith is a founding member of the Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team and is currently Chair of the Capital Area Criminal Justice Advisory Council and Vice Chair of the Capital Area Homeland Security Taskforce.

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Tracy A. Spinner

Tracy A. Spinner currently is the Director of Comprehensive Health and Mental Health for Austin ISD.

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Under her direction are the Offices of Student Health Services, Family Resource Centers, Office of Vision and Hearing, Mental Health Professionals, Threat Assessment, and School Mental Health Centers. This Department integrates the whole child, physical and mental health support, resources, education, awareness, and services. Spinner is the district liaison to the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

Spinner is very passionate about the health, mental health, and wellbeing of children and specifically how health impacts their ability to learn, be academically successful, and enable them to be healthy prosperous adults. She has presented at national, state, and local conferences on mental health and also serves on the Austin Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council Board and Children’s Optimal Health Board.

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Dan Weber

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Dan Weber served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment from 2008-2012.

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During his service, Weber deployed twice in combat operations to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Fire Team Leader, Designated Marksman, and Combat Lifesaver.  Following his enlistment with the Marine Corps, Weber became a firearms instructor in Virginia to assist civilians learn firearms safety and basic marksmanship.

Weber moved to Texas in 2014 and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.  Weber has since worked in patrol and courthouse security before transitioning to his current assignment as the School Resource Officer for the San Marcos Academy.

Weber is also an NREMT certified EMT-B, and an Adjunct instructor for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in San Marcos, Texas.  He has travelled across the country assisting in the training of local Law Enforcement agencies, as well as Fire, EMS, and military applications.

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Conference Sponsors

The 2020 TPSSC would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Please stop by their vendor booths during the conference and visit their websites to learn more about their products and services. Thank you, sponsors!

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Certifications

Conference participants who complete the training for CRASE and Stop the Bleed will receive certification in these areas.

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CRASE—Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these events is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.

Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes.

Without effective, preplanned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes. This course was designed in conjunction with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) to provide first responders and other professionals with a model response program they can deliver to civilians within their communities.

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Stop the Bleed

A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. We’ve all seen it happen too often—on the news or in everyday life. Life-threatening bleeding can happen in people injured in serious accidents or disasters. Instead of being a witness, you can become an immediate responder because you know how to stop bleeding.

The person next to a bleeding victim may very well be the one who’s most likely to save him or her from bleeding to death. By learning how to Stop the Bleed, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly and effectively to control bleeding once you learn three quick techniques. Take the Stop the Bleed course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency happens.

Our instructors will teach you live—in person, using training materials specially developed to teach bleeding control techniques. They will not only instruct you, they will be available to check your movements as you practice three different bleeding control actions. They will keep working with you until you demonstrate the correct skills to stop bleeding and save a life.

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Accommodations

For your convenience, TPSSC has reserved a block of rooms with discounted rates at the following hotels. Use the booking links provided if you need accommodations for your stay in San Marcos.

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Courtyard Marriott

625 Commercial Loop

(512) 359–7550

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Candlewood Suites

600 Wonder World Drive

(512) 749–1717

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Country Inn & Suites

1560 IH-35 South

(512) 392–8111

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Holiday Inn Express

900 Barnes Drive

(512) 392–6355

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Holiday Inn (San Marcos Convention Center)

105 Bintu Drive

(512) 805–1000

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