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Local Police Department Training Community Members on Self Defense


A local police department is working with the community to raise awareness about a number of issues. Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said he is an advocate for people not becoming a victim, and that is why nearly a year ago, he implemented a program at the Wheeling Police Department that allows members to head out into the community to bring awareness to things like self defense.

The official name of the program is “SHARP” and it stands for Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention. Some of the officers at the Wheeling Police Department have gone through training courses that outline specifics in avoiding dangerous situations and how to react if you find yourself in one.

At your request, these trained officers can come to you and teach your group what they need to know to prevent falling victim to dangerous crimes. “Sergeant Kettler, Detective Saffried, and Officer Megan Talkington are all certified trainers. The SHARP Program has been around, but it’s something that we have done within the last 12 months. We have conducted a few classes, and love to do some more,” Chief Schwertfeger said.

Before he came to Wheeling, Schwertfeger taught these classes in other areas and feels no matter where you live, it is always a good idea to know how to defend yourself, should the need present itself.

The classes are free to anyone looking to host the SHARP instructors, and you can make arrangements to have the program visit with your group by contacting the Wheeling Police Department at 304-234-3664. The trainers will then custom tailor a training agenda to meet your needs.

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