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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. Programs are offered year round by various Township departments. 

Twcpd-safe_6494he 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 contact West Chester Police Community Affairs by email or by phone at (513) 759-3977.

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.


UPDATE:  Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of the community and with guidance from the Ohio Governor’s office regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, West Chester has canceled this event. For a list of other canceled and postponed events, check back regularly at 

CANCELLED Lakota College SAFE Class (March 23rd - March 27th  3:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

CANCELLED Lakota College SAFE Class (March 30th - April 3rd  3:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Lakota College SAFE Class (June 8th - June 12th  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)


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.

Check back later for scheduled classes.

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.

Check back later for scheduled classes.