Police offer self-defense training to young women

CINCINNATI -- Young women can be better prepared for going it alone in college thanks to a new self-defense program in West Chester. 

The class, taught by the West Chester Police Department in cooperation with Lakota schools, focuses on practical skills for campus safety.

“We really wanted to give these first-time college students who are going to be on their own for the first time, the tools needed to help them protect and defend themselves from possible threats,” said Michelle Berling, Community Affairs Officer with the West Chester Police Department.

The program, called SAFE (Self-defense and Awareness through Fundamental Education), was created after parents requested training for their daughters.

The majority of the classes will be spent in rigorous self-defense training with a focus on rape prevention and awareness, personal protection and self- awareness.

The 10-hour program was offered to Lakota West High School students the week of April 28 and will be offered to Lakota East students the week of May 12. The classes are being offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The West Chester Police Department will also offer two additional programs this summer, open to all recent female graduates.

The SAFE classes will be offered June 16 through 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and June 23 through 27, 1 p.m. to 3 pm. Both sessions will be offered at Lakota West High School in the wrestling room.

“Our presence and involvement in the schools is critical and this program is just one of the many great outcomes from the partnership,” said Acting Police Chief Dave Kelly. “SAFE will help prepare young women to meet college life head-on with confidence and knowledge that will help them take care of themselves.”

The classes being offered in June are free, but spots are limited. For a registration form, CLICK HERE.


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