Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) introduced H.R. 6803, the Active Assailant Training, Readiness, and Response Act.
The Active Assailant Training, Readiness, and Response Act will create a new grant program within the Department of Education to improve safety and security from active assailant threats, including those involving school violence. The federal resources from the grant will be awarded to accredited universities so they may serve as training and response hubs to schools, hospitals, and other institutions in the university's region.
The recipient of the grant must clearly define the region it will serve, and it must provide consultation and training on preparing for active assailant incidents, techniques for responding rapidly to such incidents, and post-incident assistance to those affected.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement:
"One of the most important jobs of the federal government is ensuring the safety and security of all of our country's citizens. Despite efforts undertaken by Congress, it is clear that more work needs to be done in this area. My legislation will ensure that vulnerable institutions such as schools and hospitals have the resources they need to prepare for and respond to active assailant incidents. Accredited universities are a prime candidate to provide this training, as they are likely to have a high level of familiarity with many institutions within the region they will serve. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this legislation."