By Linda Dillman
Learning self defense is a valuable tool for women.
A free Woman’s Self Defense class will be held March 18 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Madison Township Community Center, 4575 Madison Lane, Groveport. Space is limited to 30 participants.
“The year’s first course is a one day class for ages 14 and up,” said Madison Township Police Chief Gary York.
Participants will discuss and learn defense tactics from both standing and ground positions. Madison Township police officers will lead the instruction and provide hands-on training.
Modifications are available for people with concerns about their ability.
To register, call the police department at 614-836-5355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on the department’s Facebook page.
•Madison Township Fire Chief Derek Robinson said his department received a $5,000 donation from Canal Winchester to fund fire prevention equipment. Items include residential smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers.
“It’s something we’re going to use in our fire prevention bureau,” Robinson said.
The fire department provides free smoke detectors and installation services, when necessary, to residents in need. For information, call the fire department non-emergency number at 614-837-7883.
•It might take a while for the Madison Township Police to fill three open positions according to the response from the latest round of applications. York said an early November employment posting on social media netted 12 applications.
However, after an initial review of the applicants, rounds of December interviews and ranking, only one candidate is completing the background process. The average cost to the township for the process is $1,800 per candidate.
York said officers are reaching out to police academies to cultivate interest.
“We’re not going to put people on (duty) just for the sake of putting them on,” said York.