SANDOWN – In response to requests from the public, the Sandown Police Department is hosting a Women’s Safety Clinic next month.
The clinic takes place in the gym at Sandown North School, 23 Stagecoach Road, on Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Sandown officers will join with a couple of experts to review a host of topics, including Personal Safety, Domestic Violence, Home Security, ATM Safety, Automobile Safety and Personal Safety Devices.
Officer Paul Rondeau from the Manchester Police Department will attend along with Christina Dow of The Training Center, a Manchester based martial arts and self-defense school. The two have previously worked together to run clinics in Manchester.
Presenters will discuss how to be aware of one’s surroundings and what to do to keep safe in threatening situations.
But it won’t just be a classroom environment, as hands-on training and exercises are scheduled as well. These exercises include the use of a protective training suit for attendees to try out some basic self-defense on a would-be attacker.
Dow will teach self-defense methods in a hands-on way, letting attendees try out several moves.
Sandown Officer Rich Buco has been organizing the event with Sgt. Aurie Roy, on the direction of police chief Joe Gordon. According to Buco, many women have contacted the department to say they would like to see such a clinic, and as soon as the word went out that it was taking place, many residents let the department know they were coming.
“We’d like to see a lot of women come out. It will be very educational,” said Buco. “And it’s not just a lecture. It will be hands-on too. It should be pretty fun.”
The clinic is free for all women, and attendance is not restricted to Sandown residents. Women of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Those interested in attending are asked to contact the Sandown Police at 887-3887. The attendance limit will be set at 100.