April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Sheriff's department offering personal safety program

By Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department-

Press release

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office is offering basic verbal de-escalation, basic self defense and basic firearms training for county residents

"Along with our Sheriff's Youth Academy, which has been a huge success, and our continued series of community meetings, these classes serve as another way to improve our partnership with residents," said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.

Instructors are BCSO Deputies who have decades of combined law enforcement and state-certified law enforcement instructor experience.

Major Chris Lane, BCSO Chief Deputy said "over the past several months, we have had increased requests to offer this type of training." "These sessions offer basic training but allow for (future) more advanced personal protection training sessions which will be offered by the Sheriff's Office."

April 10, 2018

Basic Verbal De-Escalation Session

6 to 9 p.m.

Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office Training Room

How we respond to hostile or challenging behavior is often the key to defusing it. This session will be filled with simple and effective strategies to help residents respond to difficult behavior in the safest, most effective way possible.

April 12, 2018

Basic Self-Defense Training

6 to 9 p.m.

Columbus North High School

This session promotes awareness. It will help attendees to build the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves.

April 14, 2018

Basic Firearms Training

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Firing Range

Whether new to firearms, seeking to build on existing skills, wanting to feel more confident with firearms safety, or wanting to know the legal aspects of owning a firearm, BCSO instructors will help you reach your goal.


  • Resident of Bartholomew County

  • At least 21 years of age

  • No felony convictions

  • Must provide your own handgun, with holster, - including 200 rounds of ammunition

  • Provide photo ID

  • Provide firearm carry permit

    Residents must attend all three sessions to obtain a certificate, so please check your schedule before applying for the course.

    There is no charge; however, donations to the 2018 Sheriff's Youth Academy will be accepted.

    Bartholomew County residents who are interested in attending these basic personal protection classes may register now by emailing [email protected]

    Please include your name, street address, and a telephone number. Attendees will be contacted with additional information before sessions begin on April 10.

    Space is limited to 20-30 residents.

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