Rapid Response to Active Shooters

First recorded in March of 2021, Serge and Clarke evaluate evolving police tactics of response to “active shooters.” The lexicon, history, and tactics are evaluated from the 1966 Texas Tower in Austin to the 2021 Boulder, Colorado grocery store mass shooting. For those familiar with Howard County, Maryland, Serge and Clarke also discuss the 2014 Columbia Mall active shooter situation. Clarke says: “one of our best.”

Tunnel to Towers

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.  The Foundation also honors our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. Black and White and Thin Blue Lines, Inc. is proud to contribute to Tunnel to Towers to honor the sacrifice of Police Officer Eric Talley.

The ALERRT Center 

The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos, Texas Police Department and the Hays County, Texas Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT at Texas State was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.

Homeland Security: Run, Hide, Fight.

FBI Active Shooter Resources

for First Responders and the private sector.

1966 Texas Tower Shooting

The story of Charles Whitman who committed mass murder in 1966 at the University of Texas.

History.com Columbine

An account of the Columbine High School Massacre.


Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on active shooters, with commentary by former Howard County Police Chief William (“Bill”) McMahon.

Colorado King Soopers Shooting

Colorado grocery store mass shooting that ended in the death of Police Officer Eric Talley.