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Women's Self-Defense Class
Since 1994, the Vernon Hills Police Department has offered a free two-hour women’s self-defense class to residents of Vernon Hills. The class is offered to female Vernon Hills residents, ages eight and up (children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult). The instructor for the class is Harriet Johnson, a former police officer and an expert in self-defense.  


Class Topics

Some of the topics that are covered in the class are:
  • Basic principles of self-defense
  • Basic principles of survival and awareness
  • Psychology of fear and how to make it work for you
  • Vulnerable areas of the body

Class Time & Date
The most recent class was held in May, 2016. The next class has not as yet been scheduled, but we are planning to hold it in spring, 2017.

If you would like to be contacted when the next class is scheduled, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit via email or by calling 847-247-4889 .