Fairfield police officer hosting self-defense class for women

Posted June 05, 2013, at 2:26 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — Women interested in learning about self-defense techniques police officers use are invited to attend a class taught by Fairfield police Officer Shanna Blodgett.

Blodgett, an 11-year veteran of the Fairfield force, said via email Wednesday the class will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, in the Lawrence Junior High School gymnasium. The class will cover techniques women can use to prevent attacks.

“The first hour will cover preventative techniques and awareness,” Blodgett said. “The second hour will be going over hands-on techniques women can use to stun/injure the subject long enough for them to get away.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, 40 women have signed up for the free class, Blodgett said. She hosted a similar class in December which was attended by 41 women.

All are welcomed to attend the class. Participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parents. For more information, contact Blodgett at shannablodgett@yahoo.com.