Sheriff offers safety programs to residents

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department will offer three training programs to county residents.

Classes include:

  • Basic Verbal De-escalation, 6 to 9 p.m. April 10, Sheriff’s Department training room, 543 Second St. Session will provide simple and effective strategies to help respond to difficult behavior in the safest, most effective way possible.
  • Basic Self-Defense Training, 6 to 9 p.m. April 12, Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Session promotes awareness, and builds skills and confidence to protect yourself.
  • Basic Firearms Training, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14, firing range at Columbus Municipal Airport, for people who are new to firearms, wish to build on existing skills or want to be more confident with firearms safety, the session also will cover the legal aspects of owning a firearm.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of Bartholomew County, at least 21 years old and have no felony convictions. A photo identification is required, and people in the firearms training must provide their own handgun, with holster and 200 rounds of ammunition, along with a firearm carry permit.

All sessions are free, although donations to the 2018 Sheriff’s Youth Academy will be accepted.

To register, email your name, street address and a telephone number to Space is limited to 20 to 30 residents.

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