Women can learn the basics of self defense with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office

NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. - - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is offering Introduction to Women's Self-Defense classes on May 19 at their training center in Newman Lake. While the class does include a hands-on component, the class largely focuses on staying safe, by teaching women tactics including deterrents, avoidance and detection of a personal attack.

The class is open to women ages 14 and older and is $35. The morning session will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. The afternoon class is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  If you have questions about signing up, you can reach the coordinator at 509-477-4793. If you would like to register, send an email with the names of all who will be attending and their emails to Please note, the classes do fill up quickly. If you are unable to register for these classes, the Sheriff's Office offers them each month.