Police department teaches residents how to protect themselves

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On Wednesday the Dickinson Police Department held a Situational Awareness Training course that was open to the public.

The free course was held at the Public Safety Center in Dickinson and about 20 people attended it.

Sgt. Brandon Stockie of the Dickinson Police Department was the instructor for the two hour class, and he said it teaches people how to be aware of their surroundings, identify possible threats, and avoid conflict.

He also said one of the main goals for the class is for people to take responsibly for their own safety, when an officer is not around.

“Our response time for police nationwide is five to six minutes, from what stats say. For us here (DPD) we are about three to four minutes,” said Stockie.

In the future, the Dickinson Police Department would like to offer classes that focus on theft, active shooters, and citizen response.

Stockie said they would like to offer classes open to the public once a month.

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