Police Offer Free Self-Defense Courses for Women
Classes will be held at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy.
Over the past year, at least one man—possibly more—has exposed himself to women walking in the Centreville area. Though there are no public reports that he has attacked anyone, the incidents are a good reminder that it doesn't hurt to know how to defend oneself. And there's an opportunity to learn how, later this month.
The Fairfax County Police Department will offer a free two-day self-defense course for women beginning Tuesday, May 22 and 24, at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy in Chantilly, from 6-9 p.m. There will also be a course on June 12 and 14. The course will provide hands-on training to teach women:
- how to prepare against attackers
- risk awareness and reduction
- crime prevention strategies
- defensive concepts
Experienced trainers will show women how to react real-life situations, such as if they are suddenly grabbed in a stairwell, parking lot, or elevator.
The course, provided by the FCPD with the Fairfax Police Law Enforcement Foundation and C & J Security Corporation, is free of charge to females age 13 and older, but enrollment is limited. The course is not open to men. Minors must attend with a guardian.