PCSO tackles self-defense with law enforcement spin

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Self-defense is a skill that law enforcement says everyone should have because you never know if and when you may need it. But self-defense is also crucial for law enforcement themselves as they step out on the streets with whatever may come their way.

One day, once a year, Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputies revisit defense tactics.

“As you can hear them back there, we’re teaching how to properly protect ourselves and civilians,” said Senior Deputy Rusty Schmidt.

Schmidt says this training comes in handy daily. Whether it’s a suspect not cooperation or learning how to adapt with their gear.

“We have to adapt using tools like we have our vest, we have tools, we have weapons, we have to adapt for that,” said Schmidt.

Both men and women take the class but Deputy Sheriff Carmen Visan says this training is empowering for the women.

“It forces them to feel comfortable with the job and perform their duties and encourage them to workout and feel fit,” said Visan.

She says it puts you in a warrior mindset so no matter what comes your way, you’re ready to fight. She recommends to anyone deflect, protect your face, and don’t forget to use your legs.

“I think it’s very important to be able to protect yourself either with tools or just physically be able to just handle the situation,” said Visan.

Just one day of training for 365 days of public safety.

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