NRA hosts first class for crime instructors

Refuse to be a Victim instructor classes being offered this weekend

A popular crime prevention program will be taking it one step farther this Saturday and Sunday, as the National Rifle Association's Refuse to be a Victim course will hold a seminar and instructor development workshop.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday at the Moffat County Schools Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

The program will feature a seminar on Saturday morning, which the public is invited to attend free of charge. The training class will be held Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and participants must complete an application process before being accepted into the class.

The cost for the workshop is $95, and anyone is allowed to participate unless they have a felony conviction.

"It's a great program and something that can help a lot of people," Regional Counselor Raymond Beck said. "I've held a number of presentations in the Craig area, and we always seem to get a decent turnout. The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office are both supportive of the program, and we really appreciate that."

Refuse to be a Victim was developed in 1993 in response to requests from women nationwide who voiced an interest in crime-prevention seminars.

In 1997, the program became co-ed, and now has more than 1,800 instructors nationwide with seminars being held in 48 states and the District of Columbia. More than 37,000 men and women have attended the classes in the last five years.

"I'm never really worried about what kind of turnout we'll get," Beck said. "My motto is 'If I can just save one person's life, then I've done my job.'"

Beck became involved with the program in 1999, after attending a class held at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

He is now holding his fourth instructor workshop, however, it will be the first in the Craig area.

"One of the convenient things about the program is that if you want to become an instructor you don't have to be an NRA member," he said. "If you want to become a regional counselor and train instructors then you do, but you don't if you just want to teach the classes."

For more information on the Refuse to be a Victim seminar or the instructor developmental workshop, contact Raymond Beck at 824-4994, or e-mail RDLegal@flattops.net.

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