“Refuse to be a Victim,” a NRA program, is being offered twice in the Western North Carolina area.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is offering the program a second time after a successful first class. Deputy Kevin Brooks is a certified instructor with the NRA, allowing him to bring this safety program to the county.
“It’s a community program full of tips and techniques to help people avoid dangerous situations and becoming a victims,” Brooks said.
The course covers a wide variety of safety tips for every type of situation. Instructors cover safety in the home, workplace, school and car, while traveling, fraud and safety online, especially concerning social media. The class also addresses crimes concerning senior citizens and persons with disabilities, an especially vulnerable segment of the population.
“This is the type of program we love to get out to the public,” said Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher. “It does help to be educated and informed about the dangers lurking. This is one more program to put in place that will hopefully keep people safer by coming in and doing the program.”
The Haywood County class is sponsored by the sheriff’s office. It has 25 spots, and the class is free. If there is enough interest, Brooks said additional classes will be scheduled.
Brooks also hopes there’s enough interest so he can lead the class at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center and Haywood Community College. Brooks is a certified instructor for the NRA, and the program is only available from certified instructors. Brooks has been certified since 2010.
For those living to the east of Haywood County, there is a “Refuse to be a Victim” class offered the fourth Saturday of each month in Hendersonville. Debra Jackson presents the program. Sponsored by Fruitful Season Pistol Packing, their website states that the seminar teaches easy-to-understand methods to use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. In four hours, participants will get the tools needed to develop personal safety strategy, including information about, the psychology of the criminal mind, home and phone security, self-defense devices and more.
There is a fee for the Henderson County class. The cost is $40. For more information, call 828-290-3178.
The Haywood County class is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10. The cost is free and participants should register prior to the class. For more information, call 828-356-2882.
To register, visit www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse. Select the Refuse to be a Victim program and select the course you wish to attend.