MIDDLEPORT — Instruction on how to protect oneself in the event of a personal attack was offered in a self-defense course last week as part of the ongoing neighborhood Watch program being offered by the Middleport Police Department.
According to Sgt. Frank Stewart, along with Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith, were instructors for the class in the absence of Det. Rick Smith who was unable to attend. About 30 citizens from around the county attended the self-defense training. Because of the good response another class has been scheduled for May, the date to be announced later.
The course is a component of the Neighborhood Watch program which began earlier this year by the police Police Department. The program deals with all sorts of unacceptable activity in a community which threatens self protection, and provides information on everything from how to work with the police in reporting suspicious activity to protecting yourself on the street or in your home. It also deals with victims assistance and how to talk to children to make them aware of danger on the street particularly if it relates to sex offenders.
Sessions of the program which has as its goal to prevent and reduce crime in the village are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Middleport Village Hall.