SPOKANE-- The Spokane Police Department wants to help women empower themselves by teaching them to prepare for threatening situations.
This is a new program, developed in Spokane by police officers who wanted to teach their families some of the things they learned in the police academy. It became so popular that the program, called Enhancing the Survival Mindset, is now open to the public and is taught at the Spokane police training center.
The course is a condensed version of what officers learn. It starts in the classroom, where participants learn their legal rights and situational awareness.
"What we want people to know is their safety is in their own hands. They are responsible for themselves, and there are things they can do that will greatly increase their chances of survival," Terry Preuninger of the Spokane Police Department said.
The class then moves to the gym, where participants will learn physical tactics, before finishing with reality based training.
A class will be offered Monday night, and another will be held October 27.
Police say that despite the training, the best way to win a fight is to avoid a fight.
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