These days, people are always saying to you, “Stay safe,” but they never tell you exactly how to do that. 

Well, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department is holding a virtual class meant to teach citizens how to do it in a variety of ways – how to stay safe, that is.

According to a press release announcing the class, the department hopes to “provide a fresh look at many issues affecting the safety of our citizens today by offering a new class – Safety for Today’s Citizen.”

The class will provide personal protection strategies and help attendees stay out of dangerous situations.  Topics include home security, identity theft, when and how to report suspicious activity, practicing gun safety and reducing gun violence in the community.  

It will offer some suggested actions that may be of particular use to senior citizens.

The class is designed to also improve relations between law enforcement officers and community members, in part by providing a forum for open and honest discussion.

The main stated objective of the class is “to reduce the potential for Guilford County citizens becoming the victims of a crime.” The online class will also be “an opportunity to explore the traditional suspicions and misconceptions generally harbored by both citizens and law enforcement.”

 This one-session – and perhaps one-time – virtual class is scheduled for November 17 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you’re interested in attending Safety for Today’s Citizen, you should visit the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department’s website and fill out the online registration form.

The department hopes to offer this class again in the future, however, no additional dates have been set yet.

If you have questions about the class, you should contact Sergeant A. Almonor at 336-641-5313 or