Sheriff’s Department offers training for residents

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department is offering training to help residents diffuse potentially dangerous situations. Judy Jackson, department spokeswoman, says that a Basic Verbal De-Escalation Session will be held April 10th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office Training Room.

Authorities say that how you respond to hostile or challenging behavior is often the key to defusing it. This session will be filled with simple and effective strategies to help residents respond to difficult behavior in the safest, most effective way possible.

Jackson says that a Basic Self-Defense Training course will be offered April 12th at Columbus North High School from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Authorities say this session promotes awareness and will help attendees to build the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves.

A Basic Firearms Training course is scheduled for April 14th at the department’s firing range from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Authorities say that the course is beneficial to those who are new to firearms, seeking to build on existing skills, want to feel more confident with firearms safety and those wanting to know the legal aspects of owning a firearm.

Requirements to take part in these training sessions are:

Resident of Bartholomew County;
At least 21 years of age;
No felony convictions;
Must provide your own handgun, with holster, – including 200 rounds of ammunition;
Provide photo ID;
Provide firearm carry permit

Authorities say that you must attend all three sessions to obtain a certificate. No more than 30 people will be accepted. Authorities say that there is no charge, however donations to the 2018 Sheriff’s Youth Academy will be accepted.

Bartholomew County residents who are interested in attending these basic personal protection classes may register now by emailing: [email protected].

Please include your name, street address, and a telephone number. Attendees will be contacted with additional information before sessions begin on April 10th.