Police in Colquitt County, Georgia, are providing local citizens with the opportunity to improve their personal and home safety. The department is offering classes that teach attendees various tips on how to maintain their well being, The Moultrie Observer reports.
The course is available to anybody who resides in the county and is at least 21-years-old, and will be taught by veteran police officer lieutenant Jerry Green. The classes have been occurring regularly since last February, and focus primarily on realistic and effective ways for individuals to protect their home, themselves and their family.
In addition to practical knowledge, the class also teaches pupils about the correct and safe way to use defense tools such as guns, Tasers and pepper spray. It may be important to learn as well, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and the Justice Department, around 1.9 million women are assaulted in the U.S. each year.
Pepper spray has proven to be among the most effective ways for an individual to keep an attacker at bay. Experts recommend carrying it in an easy-to-reach location such as a keychain so it can be used quickly.