CRESTVIEW — On Jan. 13, a Crestview women’s support group, Scars of the Past Inc., had a guest join them.

"Officer Sam Kimmons of the Crestview Police Department was kind enough to bless the group with his expertise on self-defense. The self-defense course included everything from state statutes to different strategies and techniques to use when facing an attacker," a group spokesperson stated in a media release.

"Officer Kimmons devoted his Saturday morning to help empower women in the community; making the course as fun and enjoyable as it was instructional. The course was significant in the lives of these women who have been victimized in the past as it encouraged them to find strength from within and be their best defense."