Midland police raising money for self defense classes, community involvement

Midland police raising money for self defense classes, community involvement

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The time is almost here to bust out your shotguns to support a good cause. The 4th annual Bustin' for Badges clay shoot is Friday, April 28.

The shoot is a fun way to help local law enforcement to raise money for equipment that saves lives, Midland police are wanting to raise funds to help give back to the community.

More equipment is needed for the Midland Police Department (MPD) to continue teaching rape aggression defense (RAD) classes. The idea of the self defense classes came from MPD Officer John Kerrigan.

"I think it's very important, the class is offered for free, ladies learn how to defend themselves and whether they've taken martial arts or something in the past, this is just something else they can throw in their tool box," said Kerrigan. "Some of the ladies may have had no experience at all, it's a perfect way to start out as far as self defense things."

An officer gears up as an aggressor and women learn to fight them off. The classes are offered monthly and they're so popular, there's currently a waiting list.

MPD also want to put the money towards more community involvement. National Night Out is an important event to help strengthen the bond between police and the community.

"The community really supports us and that's really a plus for us and these programs that we do only better the situation for us and we're more than happy to do them," said Kerrigan.

The Bustin' for Badges clay shoot all sold out but you can still donate.

For more information, visit http://www.bustinforbadges.org.

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