This is kinda of a long artical...but well worht the read....pay attention to phase 3 "The third step, Webre said, is the handgun safety training" I think this Sheriff is OUTSTANDING!!!! him and Joe Arpile? of AZ are my heros...common sense to solve a problem...........that is such a rare thing. Sheriff begins class for women By Crystal Bonvillian Staff Writer The Lafourche Parish Sheriffâ€™s Office is hoping its new Womenâ€™s Safety Initiative will help the women of the parish better protect themselves. In a press conference Thursday morning, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said the initiative was created in the wake of three alleged serial murders in Baton Rouge and a string of attempted abductions there and in Livingston and Ascension parishes. â€œOur office has always taken a strong stance on womenâ€™s safety,â€ Webre said. The Sheriffâ€™s Office has for eight years taught Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) courses. For the past seven years, the department has been holding handgun safety courses. The new initiative, Webre said, will combine those two aspects of personal safety with a course in using chemical spray for self-defense. â€œThere are three steps in this program.â€ Webre said. â€œThe first is RAD. RAD informs women on ways to defend themselves and gives them practical, hands-on classroom training. It is a weaponless defense system. That works for most people.â€ Along with RADâ€™s defense techniques, the programâ€™s seven instructors teach women better awareness of their surroundings, crime prevention and risk reduction, he said. The second step in the initiative is the chemical spray course, which will offer four hours of training with â€œFreeze Plus P,â€ Webre said. Each participant who completes the training will also be given a canister of the spray. The third step, Webre said, is the handgun safety training, which is a 16-hour course. The curriculum includes history of the gun, weapon selection, methods of holding a weapon and ways to judge when deadly force should or shouldnâ€™t be used. â€œThe course goes above and beyond what is required by the state,â€ Webre said of the firearm courses, which will be taught by about four instructors. â€œOnce a woman completes the training course, she can apply for a concealed weapons permit.â€ The Sheriffâ€™s Office will also supply all course graduates with a child-safety gun lock, he said. Webre said his office has always been â€œproactiveâ€ and, with the number of women and children targeted as victims in the past few weeks, he said, the Sheriffâ€™s Office was the right agency to take action. In one recent case cited by the sheriff, a Baton Rouge-area woman last week used a machete to scare away her kidnapper. The man used a knife to force his way into her car and drove her to a nearby park, where he told her to give him her money. The victim reportedly told him her purse was in her trunk and, when he took her to get it, she grabbed the machete and chased him away. â€œThey were proactive,â€ Webre said of the victims. Webre emphasized that the courses will be taught several times in different areas of the parish for a small cost. No one will be turned away for lack of finances, he said. The RAD course, which costs $10 per person, will begin its run from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Galliano. Another course will be held Sept. 3-5 at the Sheriffâ€™s Office Training Academy at 751 Goode St. in Thibodaux and a third course will be Sept. 10-12 at St. Anne General Hospital in Raceland. All times for the RAD course are the same and space is limited. For more information, contact Lucie Morvant at 449-4434. The chemical spray course will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Larose Civic Center. The fee for that course is $15. For more information, contact Sheila Landry at 449-4480. The firearms training course will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sheriffâ€™s Office firing range along La. 182 in Raceland. The fee is $10 and participants are asked, if possible, to provide their own guns, holsters, ammunition and eye and ear protection. A criminal background check will be done on all participants. Crystal Bonvillian can be reached at 448-7617 or by e-mail at [email protected].