Police Action for IDSA members
15 February 2017
Commander Chris Opperman, of the Tshwane Metro Police, and his team attended IDSA's January coffee meeting hosted by Champa Weerasekara, of Sri Lanka. Members turned out in full force for a lesson in personal safety and self defense, with 26 people attending, including new members Aysha Al Mahmoud of Qatar, Hang Trinh of Vietnam, and Anne Waldek, who is here with Bosch.
First Commander Opperman talked about how to avoid trouble and what to do when someone gets too close for comfort. The important thing to remember, he said, is to project assurance and confidence – it’s the weakest of the herd that gets targeted.
Captain Collete Weilbach, of the Brooklyn SAPS, showed members simple ways to disable and escape would be criminals.
It was at the same time disturbing and exhilarating to learn how attackers think and how to fend them off said some of the members. Captain Weilbach stressed that ‘an open hand is a strong hand’ and our body parts can be used as powerful weapons when used correctly.