Self Defense Program

The Quincy Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, which organizes the two night FREE self defense program, has increased the classes from quarterly to monthly based on public demand.  The classes are held at three different locations and Quincy Police Chief Keenan would like to thank the following locations for continuously hosting such an important program:

President’s Place/Related Beal, 1250 Hancock StreetSelf Defense Group
Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston
Best Western Adams Inn in North Quincy 

These locations provide ample space for free as part of their community outreach!  The two consecutive night program starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs to about 8:30 p.m.  Since this is a progressive program, attendance is required for both nights.  The class starts out with a brief discussion on “Awareness of your surroundings” so that you will reduce your chances of having to physically defend yourself.  The Instructors stress that escape is your priority, using verbal commands - calling out for help as your first actions.  It is at this point that the class focuses on taking physical measures to protect and defend yourself.   

On the first night, Quincy Police Officers/Instructors work with the students individually and as a group on the proper technique for various kicks, punches and blocks. A major component that is stressed both nights of the class is verbal commands, which most people don’t have an opportunity to use on a daily basis. (I.e. yelling)

On the second night, after learning additional maneuvers, there is a review and then the scenarios are presented so that the students can test themselves. At this time, the students leave the hall/gym and are suited up with a padded helmet and other pads. One at a time, the students will be warmed up outside the confrontation room as they punch and kick bags held by Instructors, who tell the students to make this as real as possible. Once the student enters the confrontation zone, the Instructors will give the student a briefing of the scenario. The student will then encounter one or two of the Instructors, who will be dressed up in the “Red Man” suit, which is a fully padded outfit to protect them from the onslaught of 25-35 students, giving their best punches and kicks to get free from the “assaulter.” Each student will be afforded the opportunity to go through two different scenarios. It is important to note that the scenarios are private and optional. There are no other students in the hall/gym. The Instructors tell the student that there is no running away in the scenarios; that it is set up so that each student can test their physical skills they learned in the class.

This class gives each student a personal test to assess their own skill in a life like situation. For some, it may lead to taking a martial arts or strength and conditioning program. It is also important to know the following; there is no certificate, there is no “pass/fail” standard and it is emphasized that no student is required or pushed to do any aspect of the class that she may feel uncomfortable with. We will however give you a complimentary “Friends of Quincy Police” shirt!

The Quincy Police Self Defense class, which has been in existence for about 15 years has trained hundreds of women ranging in age from 16 to 85. As always, students who have completed the course are always welcome to refresh their skills by attending the program again or just coming the second night to go through the scenarios.

Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan commented, “The City of Quincy is a very safe place, however, as in any major city, there are incidents of threats and assaults. We’ve taught this class to high school juniors/seniors who may be going off to colleges across the country. We train senior citizens at the Kennedy Center too. It is a feeling of empowerment for the students of the class – to know that you have the tools to defend yourself to ultimately escape the situation. This program has been ongoing for about 15 years and I constantly get much appreciated letters from participants who rave about the Instructors and their commitment to protecting our citizens. The demand for the program has increased so much that we have added additional classes. I encourage all females who live in the city, work here or just wish to attend to sign up. Based on all the letters, you will feel confident about yourself after completing this class.”

Who can attend?
Females 18 and older and as young as 16 with a parent in the class.

How much does it cost?
Quincy Police Department programs are free.

Do I have to be a Quincy resident?
First preference goes to residents, followed by those who work in the City of Quincy, then all others.

How do I sign up?
Watch for postings in the Quincy Sun, the Quincy Police Department web page and Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. Then contact Lieutenant Dan Minton to sign up.

When do you have the programs?
Monthly, except for July and August. It is just too hot for the Instructors in the Red Man suit. If the demand lessens, the programs will be adjusted accordingly

What should I bring?
Bring water and a great attitude!

What should I wear?
Sneakers and comfortable clothing

Could I get hurt?
Unlikely as long as you know your limitations. No student has to participate in any activity they feel uncomfortable with. You may be sore the next day or two since you can have contact with a bag about 200 times.

What else do I need to know?
You need to be there both nights.

If you can’t make it both nights, please let Lt. Minton know beforehand so that someone else can attend, even if it is last minute. We know things come up and we can get you in another class.
Lieutenant Dan Minton
(617) 745-5719

Anything else?
Have fun! Meet some new people.
Get to know some Police Officers on a different level, by name and know that they are there for you if you ever need them.