Self-Defense Class Planned for Women

Collier police are organizing the free self-defense class Friday night at the township building.

The Collier Township Police Department is organizing a self-defense class for residents living around the area.

The class will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Collier Township Municipal Building’s downstairs community room. There is no cost and those who want to attend don’t have to register.

Ross Township recently held a similar class after multiple women were sexually assaulted, putting the North Hills area on edge. Collier police Chief Thomas Devin said residents around here don’t have the same fears, but it’s still important to inform the public about safety.

“We’re not reacting to anything that we’ve had,” Devin said. “It’s all about being proactive and getting people involved.”

Bob Arent, an instructor at Steel City Karate in Chartiers Valley Shopping Center, will help police officers with some of the class.

“He’s going to do some talking and show some techniques,” Devin said. “Our talk will be mostly how to avoid getting involved in something, what to look out for and to use your senses.”

Police will also show people how to use basic items as weapons against an assailant.

Devin said the some members of the Rennerdale Volunteer Fire Department approached him about doing such a class. He agreed and hopes it fosters community cohesion.

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