Self-Defense Classes

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West Chester offers a series of informative programs for residents and businesses to enhance communications and build stronger relationships for an even better community. West Chester University programs are offered year round by various Township departments. 

The West Chester Police Department offers a wide range of self-defenses classes designed to train civilians to react confidently and effectively when personal safety is at risk.

Classes are scheduled once a month. Private groups of 10 or more participants can be scheduled.  Businesses and/or groups interested in hosting a class should call (513) 759-7260 or email West Chester Police Community Affairs.

All classes are free, but registration is required.


College S.A.F.E (Self-defense Awareness Fundamentals Education) program
(For students)

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

A 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.

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.

Check back for the 2018 school year schedule.


SAFE 10-Hour Self-Defense Class for men and women

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 people with regard to personal safety, as well as rigorous self-defense training, assault prevention and more.

The class is for men and women age 16 and older.

January 22, 2018 - February 19, 2018  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lakota West High School 

This class is currently full.  We will be having another 10-hour class in June.


Women's SMART 2-Hour Self-Defense Class

West Chester Police 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.

February 20, 2018  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mid-Pointe Public Library.  Please contact Martha Matthew at 513-777-3131 to register for this class.  This class is available to men and women.

March 12, 2018  6 - 8 p.m. at the West Chester Police Department.