Priceville hosts “Refuse to be a victim” course

The Town of Priceville is offering a course to help prepare residents in Morgan County for any situation that might require self defense Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at Frederick’s Outdoors.

This is the first time the town will host the “Refuse to be a victim” course. It incorporates almost all situations that might require people to evaluate the situation they’re in and act accordingly.

“The class isn’t all encompassing because no class is all encompassing, but it’s just a wake up call,” said Cpl Herman Davis, one of the instructors for the course.

Davis Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin and Priceville Town Councilman Jerry Welch will join Davis to teach the course.

The town has been providing the course as a service for five years, but this year is different.

“Previously, we focused on home protection and safety and what happens when you need officer assistance” said Welch. “We focused on what happens when you have to make that decision to protect yourself and your family. We also talked about selecting weapons and what’s best for you.” Welch went on to explain how Franklin talks about what residents can legally do to protect them. He said the sheriff is usually the first speaker for the course to teach civilians’ rights.

“She focuses on certain situations; if a man comes in your house and you’re in eminent danger, do you have the right to shoot him to defend yourself? The answer is yes,” said Welch. “The opposite of that is if you have a guy in your backyard trying to steel your lawnmower or something, are you in eminent danger? No. Can you shoot him? Absolutely not. Sheriff Franklin has looked with the legislators to develop and fine tuning all these laws to protect you. I’ll be teaching the different kinds of guns, the newest models and how you can decide which one is right for you and why.”

Welch and Davis said attendees are presented with facts and realities that make them think about their protection in a practical way. For example, Davis said, “If someone is breaking into your house with the intent to do bodily hard to you, which is easier to justify to you? Standing there screaming into the phone to 911 or having a way to personally defend yourself when someone does break into your home?”

It’s all about people thinking and being aware of their surroundings; thinking in a way that doesn’t set them up as a victim, but as a self sufficient and self reliant citizen.

The “Refuse to be a victim” program says their seminar teaches the psychology of the criminal mind, home and phone security, automobile and travel security, personal and technological security, self-defense devices and training options, etc. Those are broad topics for a detailed course, though. The “Refuse to be a victim” course material is the addition to Welch, Davis and Franklin’s solid, sought-after class, which is already detailed in itself.

“If someone comes in your home, the average time for them to break a window and advance to you is about four seconds,” said Welch. He explained that time is even shorter when someone approaches a person on the street. “You’re very limited in the amount of time that you have to be ready to defend yourself. We’re going to try to teach you to get ready for that so that it becomes automatic.”

“In this specific class, we’re looking at what’s giving you more time to be aware of your situation; the different situations of awareness,” Davis said. He then laid out different instances he’ll outline in the course, which is almost anything and everything conceivable so Morgan County residents don’t have the opportunity to feel victim.

Spaces for the classes are almost gone, but Welch and Davis said if someone asks and they see a need for these lessons, they’ll do what they can to help and serve the public with more classes.

The “Refuse to be a victim” class offers free tips and trick from professionals who are more than willing to answer any questions as they teach their specific sections within the class. They’re not only willing and able to answer the questions, they encourage them at any point during their classes.

“You need to have an open attitude coming into this course,” said Davis. “Be willing to listen and learn.”

Again, it’s a free course. As of Mon. July 25, the class was almost full. Online registration is required through Priceville Police Department’s Facebook page or on Fredrick’s Outdoors page. Just click on the “Refuse to be a victim” line.

Plus, attendees get a free meal, and who doesn’t love a free defense and awareness course and free food?



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