Glen Park holds self-defense and safety classes 

Glen Park residents say they are not going to tolerate any more neighborhood crime without a fight. The community is hosting its first safety awareness and self-defense class this weekend.

The class is in response to what residents feel has been a surge in crime in the neighborhood. On Feb. 19, a woman was punched and robbed of her purse while she walked on Arlington Street. That was just three days after another man was approached by four youths who threw a chain around his neck while he walked down Chenery Street, according to the Glen Park Patrol Special Safety Program.

Members of the patrol group raised private money last year from merchants and residents in the neighborhood to hire a part-time, daily patrol officer from the Patrol Special Police force, and more recently, they decided to sponsor the first safety awareness and self-defense class on March 7 to help prevent crime in the area.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the St. John’s School gym, 925 Chenery St.

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