Volusia County

“All means necessary:” Local police department offers free self-defense classes for women

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — The Orange City Police Department is bringing back its self-defense classes for women.

The self-defense class is designed to teach women basic safety and awareness skills that will help them avoid, escape and survive assaults by “All Means Necessary”.


The two-hour class teaches self-defense, awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation.

The program is taught by Orange City Police Department Defensive Tactics Coordinator Sergeant Rolly Cavida.

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Instructors provide practical techniques that can be used to survive an assault. Students will be given the chance to practice, train and apply these techniques in class.

“Taking responsibility and educating yourself is the first step in staying safe. Violent crimes are crimes of opportunity, and when you remove the element of opportunity, you reduce the risk of attack,” said Orange City Deputy Police Chief Wayne M. Miller. “This program is an additional police department effort to stop violence against women.”

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Classes will be held monthly. The next class will be held on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The class is only open to women. Participants must be at least 18 years old. There is no charge to attend.

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You can register for classes by contacting Sergeant Rolly Cavida at rcavida@orangecityfl.gov or 386-851-7561.

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