Free self-defense class offered for women and girls

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will offer a free personal safety class Sept. 19 for women and girls 11 and older.

Crime prevention officer Sergeant Diane Paavel will teach those attending how to stay safe from criminals at home and at work, as well as what to do when approached by strangers. Participants also will learn how to keep vehicles secure from those looking to steal or do harm.

The class will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway in Chapin. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and casual clothing is suggested.

Registration for the class is required because only a limited number of spots are available, but there is no fee. You can register by calling Sergeant David Amick at (803) 223-3778 or emailing him at

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said the class reflects the Sheriff’s Department’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County.

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