Women's self defense class graduates in Laurel County

Laurel County, Ky. - Sheriff John Root is reporting that Laurel Sheriff’s Special Deputy Elizabeth Sparks and Officer Kenny Jones of the London Police Department, along with Angelika Lewis-Bowling of the Whitley County Victim's Advocacy Center collaborated together and graduated another self defense class on Tuesday night, November 17, 2015.

This women's self defense program is nationally recognized,and consisted of three nights of training with each night requiring three hours of classroom work and practical exercises.

Five Laurel County women participated in the class which instructed on how to be prepared, how to take control, and how to fight to protect themselves. This class was conducted free of charge, and it is available to other area female citizens also.

Sheriff Root stresses that it is our goal at the Laurel County Sheriff's Office to make area female citizens more aware of their surroundings, and to provide some preventative safety measures that can be utilized along with some basic self defense that can be deployed in the unlikely event of an attack.

Pictured left to right: Whitley Co. Victims Advocate Angelika Lewis-Bowling - Participants: Samantha Scott, Shannon Scott, Shelby Ervin, Jane Napier, Jennifer Reidenbaugh, and Special Deputy Elizabeth Sparks. **LPD Officer Kenny Jones is not pictured, but was an instructor.

Congratulations graduates!!

Note: The sheriff's office will be conducting future women's self defense classes. Perspective participants must call the sheriff's office to get their name on the list.

For more information, or to sign up for the next class that will be conducted beginning on January 19th, 2016, contact Laurel Sheriff's Special Deputy Elizabeth Sparks at 606-864-6600.

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