Self-Defense Awareness

What Does UMPD Offer?

The UMPD Community Outreach Unit offers presentations on the topic of self-defense.  We will discuss the law as it pertains to self-defense, and then cover risk awareness, risk recognition, risk reduction, and risk avoidance; the class typically ends with the teaching of some basic self-defense techniques.  This class is primarily based on the defense of rape and sexual assault; it is a popular class for dorm talks or groups just looking to raise awareness on the topic.

RAs, group coordinators, or any group of at least 10 participants can schedule this class.  If you are interested in scheduling this class or would like more information, please contact Ofc. Brian Kellogg of the Community Outreach Unit at


UMPD Self-Defense Program

UMPD officers with various disciplines in self-defense have come together to create a basic self-defense program for all levels of experience.  Any student or employee of the University is eligible to participate.  Classes will be held on Monday evenings and last approximately one hour.  Each class will focus on different techniques allowing a participant to learn skills that can assist them if found in a precarious situation.  No equipment is needed, the classes will be offered in an ‘ala carte’ format, and we encourage interested students to register soon as space is very limited in this dynamic class.  For more information, please contact Officer Liana Varosky at


585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.