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


NEW for Fall 2023!

UMPD officers with various disciplines in self defense have come together to create a Basic Self Defense Class. This class is being offered to any student or employee of the University of Massachusetts. Classes will be on Monday evenings and will last for 1 hour. Each class will focus on a different options and striking/defense techniques. Students can come to all the classes or just come to the classes that interest them. for more inforamtion contact Officer Varosky at

9/14/23 Class is now full. If you are interested in taking this training please be on the lookout for the next session in the spring semester.



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.