Henry County Police now enrolling for women's self-defense, Citizens Police Academy

The Henry County Police Department invites applicants for its upcoming Women's Self Defense class and Citizens Police Academy.

McDONOUGH — The Henry County Police Department is taking applications for its Citizens Police Academy, as well as for several upcoming women’s self-defense courses.

The Citizens Police Academy will run March 10 through May 19 and meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. The deadline to apply is Feb. 27. Participants will learn about issues facing law enforcement. The goal of the course is to strengthen crime-fighting ties between citizens and HCPD, as well as to educate participants about police work.

Topics includes crime prevention, community-based policing, drugs, gangs, DUI and traffic enforcement, investigations, the Use of Force model and use of force, firearms safety and the law, and a tour of the Henry County Jail.

Applicants must be at least 21, live or work in Henry County, have no prior felony arrests or crimes of moral turpitude, and no misdemeanor arrests within the previous six months.

To apply, go to https://bit.ly/2Nx216C and print out the background check consent form and application and either drop it off in person or mail it to

Those who are selected will be placed until the class is full. Class size is limited to about 30 students per session. Remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list; the next class will be in fall 2020.

Noting that “six million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends and 4,000 of those women are killed,” HCPD is offering a two-day Women’s Self Defense class for women ages 17 and up. Applications are due by March 2 for the March 12-13 class. Other Women’s Self Defense classes are scheduled for June 4-5, September 10-11 and November 19-20.

The program starts with classroom instruction in risk awareness, risk reduction, crime prevention strategies, and defensive concepts. Later, participants will practice hands-on training in physical defense techniques in a controlled environment. These include multiple strikes to vulnerable areas, as well as escapes from choke holds, body grabs, wrist grasps, and defense techniques from the ground.

The class is for women only. No men other than certified self-defense instructors are allowed. Children, boyfriends and husbands cannot attend or observe the class.

Sexual assault survivors are welcome to take the class “to help overcome fears and learn to regain control of their lives,” according to HCPD’s website.

The class is not a martial arts class. It is “designed to help women identify their risks, evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing with the threat of sexual violence.”

Participants also will receive a manual to take home.

To apply, go to https://bit.ly/36Zqklj, print out the application and background check form, and return it to the Henry County Police Department, 108 S. Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253.

If you have questions about either the Citizens Police Academy or the Women’s Self Defense class, contact jmiller@co.henry.ga.us.

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