A new law will enable law enforcement officers and first responders to use federal grants to better prepare for an active shooter. Following the recent shootings in Dallas and Orlando, lawmakers decided to make the Police Act possible so law enforcement and medical agencies can get access to tactical training.
During his visit to Edinburg last week, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said $180 million will be available nationally for police departments and medical staff thanks to the Police Act.
J.P. Rodriguez of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office says, “Not only are we training our law enforcement officers, we’re also certifying our deputies along with other law enforcement officers here in the region, as EMT’s, but we’ve also included training specifically for civilians on active shooter awareness and survival. So what the police act does is support those efforts.”
All police departments in the Rio Grande Valley are eligible to apply for the grant money for their training.