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    U.S. Representative John R. Carter represents Texas' 31st Congressional District, which includes Williamson and Bell counties.In the 116th Congress, Rep. Carter sits on the Defense Subcomittee on Appropriations and he is the Ranking Member on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations. In addition, he serves as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan House Army Caucus and is member of the House Republicans Steering Committee, a leadership position.

    Since his first election in 2002, Congressman Carter has established himself as a leader in Congress who has the foresight and courage to author and support numerous pieces of legislation that would increase the protection of U.S. citizens and bring justice to those who threaten our freedom and way of life.

    Congressman Carter is one of the few House Members who has authored legislation signed into law under Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. Despite being a veteran Congressman, John Carter is still known as "Judge" for having served over 20 years on the district court bench in Williamson County, which he won as the first county-wide elected Republican in Williamson County in modern history. Before becoming a Judge, Congressman Carter had a successful private law practice and continued to practice law while serving as the Municipal Judge in Round Rock.

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    A true Texan at heart, Congressman Carter was born and raised in Houston and has spent his adult life in Central Texas. Carter attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a degree in History and then graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1969.Congressman Carter and his wife, Erika, met in Holland and have been happily married since June 15, 1968. Since then, they have built a home and raised a family of four on Christian beliefs and strong Texas Values. Congressman Carter and Mrs. Carter are also proud grandparents to six precious grandchildren.  


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Carter, Chody: The Importance of Preparing for Active Shooters

As we grieve for our neighbors in Sutherland Springs, we are grateful for the valiant work of our first responders and other citizens who stepped in to end the threat.

Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate the risks posed by truly evil people. But training and preparation are our best defenses.

Today more than 8,000 police agencies across our country, approximately 45 percent, have undergone some form of active shooter training. Leading the charge to ensure our first responders are using the best techniques is the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, or ALERRT, Center at Texas State University.

As policing agencies across the country recognize the need for coordinated training, they turn to ALERRT, which was founded in 2002. The program has quickly grown to be the national standard in active-shooter response training used by the FBI.

Since that time, ALERRT has partnered with the FBI through the Bureau of Justice Assistance grant program to expedite active-shooter training to state and local law enforcement agencies across the country, saving countless lives.

Understanding there is no substitute for training scenarios that force first responders to react to emergency situations, community leaders throughout Bell and Williamson counties have worked tirelessly to protect our citizens. Our very own Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has eight ALERRT-trained instructors that provide active shooter training and use-of-force encounters in urban and rural scenarios.

While ALERRT’s instruction focuses on three key areas — stopping the killing, stopping the dying and quick evacuation of the wounded — the secondary skills individual responders gain during training make our communities safer. These preparatory skills make a real difference in the way first responders approach all facets of their jobs.

First responders who receive this training report an increased situational awareness in all areas of their work. By prioritizing the most critical aspect of any emergency or mass casualty event, officers can effectively respond and save lives.

This training instructs officers to evaluate alternative outcomes and scenarios as they approach volatile situations. Through stress inoculation, ALERRT further prepares officers for how they will react, both physically and emotionally when confronted with an emergency.

ALERRT provides training beyond first responders. Officers who attend the training are certified to instruct community policing seminars, equipping communities with situational awareness and an understanding of emergency procedures.

Following the tragedy at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, ALERRT-trained Williamson County deputies offered active-shooter training to over 700 individuals at their “Places of Worship Security Summit.” The training teaches citizens to assess how they can protect themselves and assist those around them.

When citizens have emergency procedures in place at their places of worship, schools and workplaces, it helps first responders get people to safety faster.

Effective training and preparation gives us hope that our first responders can respond in our darkest hours should the unthinkable happen. While it can’t put an end to evil, it can bring to life the stirring words of scripture, “let not your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

May each of us prepare should the unthinkable happen in our communities, but not live in fear. Let us go forward with confidence that we are prepared to protect and defend our communities, homes and families in all areas, always.

U.S. Rep. John R. Carter represents Texas’ 31st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody was sworn into office in January and had previously served as a constable and an Austin police officer


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    Washington DC
    2110 Rayburn H.O.B.
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    (202) 225-3864
    Round Rock Office
    1717 North IH 35
    Suite 303
    Round Rock, TX 78664
    (512) 246-1600
    Bell County Office
    6544B S. General Bruce Drive
    Temple, TX 76502
    Located next to the DPS office
    (254) 933-1392