Sheriff’s office hosts safety seminar

Staff Report

GALLIPLIS — An award-winning crime prevention and personal safety seminar, Refuse To Be A Victim, was conducted Aug. 17 at Gallia County Courthouse.

The four-hour seminar was open to the public and free of charge. Seating was limited to the first 20 registered attendees. Future sessions are being planned.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said the program is “designed to raise the awareness level for crime prevention in the county.” Browning thanked citizens that took time to attend the training. A certificate of participation was awarded to each attendee.

Browning stated that “Refuse To Be A Victim” seminars teach methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal-type confrontations.

“Experts agree the most important factor in surviving a criminal attack is to have an overall safety strategy before you need it,’ he said. He added that “seminar topics addressed personal safety issues as well as home, automobile, telephone, technological and travel security. Seminar participants were presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives.”

The sheriff said “Refuse To Be A Victim” was developed by the National Rifle Association in 1993 in response to nationwide requests for crime prevention seminars.”

The program has been endorsed by members of the law enforcement community nationwide, such as Janice Hart, certified crime prevention specialist and Refuse To Be A Victim-certified instructor of Front Royal, Va.

“Crime Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Taking care of one’s self is the priority. The skills taught in the ‘Refuse To Be A Victim’ course will help to prevent personal attacks and keep our communities safer,’ she said. “‘Refuse To Be A Victim’ is the best personal safety and awareness program I have come across in my crime prevention career.”

The program is geared toward individuals age adolescent and older. With more than 4,000 instructors nationally, seminars have been held in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Costa Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago. Almost a 100,000 men and women have benefited from the program and its life saving message, she said.

A list of additional seminars in Gallia County is posted periodically online at

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