By Camaron Abundes
ODESSA- The lessons taught in the classroom on the third floor at the Midland Police Department are meant for the streets. It's the first six classes where women learn the basic self defense techniques that can thwart an attack.
"I don't want to be a victim," Nikesha Hailey, a teacher and a professional violinist says she hopes to gain the confidence to fight off an attacker. "If I do happen to be in a situation I won't panic or clench up and freeze [I want to be able] to defend myself."
Next week, the woman will learn defensive tactics at the Midland Police Department Shooting Range.
"Just being able to know that I can defend myself and have the techniques. That's just really something good to have," Hailey said.
For Juanita Porter, this is a welcomed refresher course, she took the class when it was last offered back in the 1990's.
"It does not hurt for a woman to know her surroundings and be able to protect herself," Porter said.
Officer Jon Kerrigan with the Midland Police Department wants the women to pay attention and trust their instincts in order to learn how to fight or flee rather than end up a victim of a crime.
"It's not just the actual defensive tactics, but the whole idea of the awareness, things like that. How to avoid different situations," Kerrigan, a member of the Crime Prevention Unit, said.
So many women have signed up, Midland Police officials say they plan to offer at least three more six-week classes to get them all through it.