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Free Women's Safety Awareness Workshop

Staff Report • Oct 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Free Women's Safety Awareness Workshop

Saturday, October 19th

Contact: Vicki Culbertson, 972-3921, 638-1338 Greene County Habitat for Humanity

Have you ever been a situation where you found yourself afraid but didn't know what to do such as being approached by a suspicious person in a parking lot or feeling that you're being followed? When you arrive at home do you take the time to look around before exiting your car? Do you leave your children in your car unattended? Do you carry anything in your purse that could be used to save you in a dangerous, life threatening situation? Are you aware of the serious crimes reported in our county including drug-narcotic violations that could potentially have an impact on you, your family, friends and the community as a whole? These topics along with covering safety at home, how to be safe outside the home, and current issues impacting Greene County shared by our local law enforcement will be discussed at the workshop. Guest speakers will be Detective Lieutenant Pat Hankins with the Greeneville Police Department and Mike Sauls, retired from Greeneville Police Department.The Safety Awareness Workshop for Women will be held on Saturday, October 19th in the Reformation Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 400 West Main Street from 10 a.m. till 12 noon hosted by Greene County Habitat for Humanity, Reformation Lutheran Church Witness and Evangelism Committee, Andrew Johnson Bank, Volunteer Center Greeneville-Greene County, and Walters State Community College Service Learning Class.Detective Lieutenant Pat Hankins joined the Greeneville Police Department in August of 1990 and has served our community for 23 years. Prior to this he served on the Greeneville Auxiliary eight and a half years. He graduated from the Donalson Police Academy which is the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville, TN. Mr. Hankins has worked with the Drug Court program and helped with the start-up of this program.Detective Lieutenant Pat Hankins stated, "Greeneville Police Department is always happy to help with training and conducting workshops that will benefit our community. Our world is always changes and sometimes not for the better. Women taking on a more proactive role to help keep them safer and their families safe is a very important and positive step to take". Retired after thirty years of service with the Greeneville Police Department with the rank of Patrol Captain, Mike Sauls currently works for AKAL Security, Inc., with the United States Marshals Service as a Court Security Officer at the James H. Quillen Federal Courthouse. As a police officer he served as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, a SWAT team member, and Police Traffic Radar Instructor, among other training and duties. Mr. Sauls holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from ETSU and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Session 164. Mr. Sauls also was an adjunct faculty member of Walters State Community College for ten years and taught Criminal Law for WSCC's Basic Police Recruit School. Mike Sauls summed up the purpose of the workshop by stating, "Using common sense and learning how to be aware of your surroundings can prevent tragedy"."Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the United States are encouraged by Habitat International to participate in non-construction activities that help increase skills and knowledge of Habitat partner families and non-partner families in our communities", said Vicki Culbertson, executive director of Greene County Habitat for Humanity. This workshop is a collaborative effort to help bring awareness on women's safety issues, learn vital information that could keep us out of dangerous situations, and learn how to possibly save a life. We tend to think that bad things don't happenin our community. It can take just a few seconds to find yourself in harm's way. The holidays are quickly approaching and with all the extra activities, errands, etc. we will be more distracted than usual. If you were alone in your car in a large parking area and suddenly someone began beating on your car window demanding you talk to them, would you know what to do? Were you aware of your surroundings including the people around you before you entered your car? When you use an ATM, do you realize someone could be watching you? "Women of all ages will benefit from this workshop. During our committee meeting it became apparent to all of us that there are many safety issues facing women in this day and time. This workshop is a collaborative effort to bring these issues forward, promote discussion, and share preventive measures that can be practiced in a woman's everyday life. As we spoke to Mr. Hankins and Mr. Sauls about information to be shared during the workshop, students from Walters State Community College were surprised to hear common mistakes we all make that could place us in a bad situation.The information shared with us became quite an eye opener, a true reality check. We invite you to join us, bring your family, friends, co-workers, church members, Moms bring your daughters and together we'll learn how to be safer whether at home or out and about while also keeping our families safe," added Culbertson.A continental breakfast will be served during the workshop. Reservations are not required, however, we would appreciate you calling with who will be attending so we may have plenty of handouts and other materials to share.Please call 638-1338.

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