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West Chester University

West Chester University is a series of informative programs offered to encourage better communication between West Chester Township government and the residents and businesses of the community. Programs are offered on a variety of topics through the year.

Some ongoing West Chester University programs include:


CPR and First Aid instruction:

(some fees for materials)

The West Chester Fire Department offers a variety of training programs every month for individuals and businesses in the area of CPR and First Aid. Some programs result in required certifications and others are basic programs to make participants better prepared to handle an emergency situation. 

For a complete list of classes. To register, call 777-1133 or visit the West Chester Fire Department Organization website.


Citizen Police Academy

Next 10-week session begins September 9.

The West Chester Police Department offers two sessions of Citizen Police Academy each year, providing citizens and business owners an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of police operations.  Participants in the 10-week program must be at least 21 years old. Advance registration is required and class size is limited.

For more information & application

To watch an informational video about the program


Wildlife Management: Coyotes

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides important information about existing with wildlife, including available options and ways to protect your family, pets and loved ones. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources encourages homeowners to consider carefully how actions taken influence the presence of unwanted wildlife and take steps to reduce the risk of inviting unwanted wildlife.

See video and PowerPoint presentation with critical information



Classes can be offered for groups of 8-12. Great activity for moms' groups, church organizations, neighborhood associations, etc.

In an effort to help individuals feel confident and prepared in potentially dangerous situations, the West Chester Police Department offers a free self-defense class.Participants should dress comfortably in order to fully join in the class.

For more information and to schedule a self-defense class, contact Officer Michelle Berling at 513-759-3985 or email mlberling@westchesteroh.org.


Women's S.A.F.E (Self-defense Awareness Fundamentals Education) program (for students)

Watch for Dates

A new program offered by the West Chester Police Department in cooperation with Lakota schools focuses on teaching practical skills for campus safety. The class is being offered to young women who are high school seniors or recent graduates.

Self-defense and Awareness through Fundamental Education was created as a result of requests from parents and with input from faculty of Lakota Schools.

The sessions include guided discussion on topics relevant to a senior girl who will be heading off to college for the first time, with the majority of time spent in rigorous self-defense training. There is a focus on rape prevention and awareness, personal protection and self-awareness.

Class are free. For more information, call Michelle Berling at 759-3985.



Women's Self-defense Awareness Fundamental Education class

Sept. 7 - Oct. 5, 2015 - to register

The West Chester Police Department offers S.A.F.E (self-defense awareness fundamental education)

The 10-hour program includes guided discussion on topics related to everyday issues faced by women with regard to personal safety, as well as rigorous self-defense training, rape prevention and more.

The class is for women age 16 and older and is offered free. Reegistration is required and class size is limited.




Women's SMART Self-Defense Class

August 19, 6 to 8 p.m. - to register

West Chester Police will offer a free self-defense class specifically for women. Awareness, being mentally prepared in the event you are attacked and basic self-defense skills are taught in this class.

Class is free, but registration is required.


Video Production Training

Watch for new dates

The West Chester Integrated Multimedia & Marketing Department will offer free training opportunities for adults interested in learning to shoot video like a professions.

Training will include operation of the cameras, basics of remote video production and, if interested, can include basic training in graphics, audio, replay and directing. This training is available for those interested in volunteering as camera opportunities capturing local community events, school athletic and musical events and more.