Optimists learn about defense training

Darren Norris, representing Franklin Defense, spoke recently at the  St. Andrews Optimists’ breakfast meeting. A 1990 Irmo High School graduate, Norris has a U.S. Navy and civilian law enforcement background and blends that experience into his current activities. 

The first such venture is his ongoing training of a variety of law enforcement entities. He also lends his experience to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. In both those roles, his primary focus is on four areas: active shooter scenarios, hostage rescue missions, high threat environments, and crisis negotiation.

Norris is now planning to introduce to the community a tactical training and self-defense academy concept where clients – individuals or groups – can request a curriculum that is tailored to their perceived needs. In that program, clients can be placed in mockup scenarios where Norris and his staff can give their best advice for survivable actions. Those instructions may take the form of classroom-style lecture formats or may involve role-play activities.

Pictured are Norris, speaker host Kerry Powers, and Club President Mike Myers.