The Advanced Law Enforcement Rifle Team (ALERT) consists of 25 Gainesville Police Department officers commanded by Lieutenant Brian J. Helmerson. ALERT was formed in November of 2000, following several national high-profile incidents.
ALERT’s goal is to resolve or contain a critical incident in the safest manner possible, and assist SWAT until the resolution of the incident. ALERT members are first responders to situations involving armed and dangerous individuals who pose an immediate threat to citizens or law enforcement personnel. ALERT’s training curriculum focuses on handling threatening situations in the school, workplace or neighborhood. Team members are primarily assigned to the Operations Bureau, but may hold other positions. They are proficient in GPD’s handgun, rifle and shotgun qualification courses.