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Playing defense

Tuesday, March 6, 2001

SL police tactics guru sets out to share self-defense know-how with the community, stressing prevention.

It's not about aggression as much as it is about awareness, says Capt. Todd Erskine of the Storm Lake Police Department. The first five Storm Lakers have just graduated from a new community course he taught on basic self-defense techniques.

Erskine said a key component of the course is to help people realize things they hadn't before.

"I give them some options and things they can practice at home," he said. "If it opens their eyes, maybe they'll think about that stuff and have a plan. It's better to have an idea before it happens.

"Our goal was to teach people to look out for danger, to not make themselves a victim," Erskine said.

The two-part course covers several moves against an attacker, though the key to self defense is to avoid getting into the confrontational situation to begin with, he said.

Read the rest of this story in the 3/3 Pilot Tribune.



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