Public Safety and Criminal Justice Academy begins Sept. 18

The Public Safety and Criminal Justice Academy will be held on Tuesdays from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6, 2018. Each three-hour session will help residents, business owners, rental community managers and property owners gain a better understanding of many of the public safety issues in University Place.

Avoiding and Surviving Hostile Encounters

The potential for hostile encounters are all around us – on the road, in the workplace and even at home.

Learn how to prevent and defuse hostile encounters, while also mastering techniques that may help you survive encounters you can’t avoid. This is not a self-defense course, but participants will acquire valuable tips on how to de-escalate difficult situations that might range from simply dealing with someone who is argumentative to protecting yourself in an active shooter encounter.

Survival Mindset

Recent headlines about the survival of the youth soccer team that was trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand remind us that survival begins with a commitment to not giving up.

Erik M. Clarkson will share his extensive military and law enforcement training and experience to help you better understand what it takes to survive life-threatening experiences, especially those involving violence or lethal situations.

Advanced Firearms

Many gun owners think that simply because they have success on the practice range, they possess the skills to operate their firearms in any situation, but the stress and split-second decision making required in real-time defensive firing situations often reveals that nothing could be further from the truth.

The Advanced Defensive Firearms class covers how to be a safe and responsible gun owner away from the controlled environment of a practice range. Learn how to respond to multiple and/or moving targets, high stress scenarios and defensive firearm tactics.

Basic Defensive Firearms

Whether you’ve been around firearms all your life or are thinking about purchasing a gun for the first time, Officer Hacker encourages everyone to attend the Basic Defensive Firearms class.

“Three Days and Beyond” Emergency Preparedness

We tend to think of emergency preparedness in terms of natural disasters: earthquakes, wildfires, floods, etc. But suppose there was a nationwide trucking strike? Do you have enough food and supplies on hand to last you for more than a few days in that scenario?

Officer Hacker has been involved in emergency preparedness for more than 25 years and knows that minor inconveniences can become life-threatening dangers very quickly. Avoid becoming a victim by understanding the importance of preparedness.

Self Defense for Women

When it comes to self-defense for women, the best defense is a good offense. Officer Hacker will share tips on how women can avoid situations that may result in the need for self-defense. Learn some of the warning signs of potentially dangerous situations and how to avoid becoming a target. Get an overview of domestic violence laws and some of the legal implications that may arise from self-defense. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing since some of the training may be done on the floor.

City Hall Holiday Closure

City Hall will be closed in observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 3, 2018 and will reopen Tuesday, September 4, at 9 a.m.

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