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Police offer personal safety courses this fall

Posted 08/31/18

University Police PatchThe University Police Department is once again offering a comprehensive series of personal safety courses for Fitchburg State students, faculty and staff this fall, all available at no charge.

From first aid and CPR to self-defense offerings, the diverse array of courses are designed to reduce the incidence of crime and partner with members of the campus community to enhance public safety, Police Chief Michael J. Cloutier said.

  • Violence Identification, Prevention and Reporting (VIPR) training will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. No registration is required.
  • Rape Aggression Defense is offered as a series of four, three-hour classes, training women in basic self-defense techniques and offering practical safety tips. The course will be offered twice this fall, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (continuing on Oct. 3, 10 and 17) and Thursday, Oct. 25 (continuing Nov. 1, 8 and 15).  Contact Nicole Arcangeli at to register.
  • Community CPR, AED and First Aid Training is a four-hour course that includes CPR certification. The class will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 9. Contact Nicole Arcangeli at to register.
  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event training will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. Advance registration is not required for this 90-minute course.

For a full list of programs and descriptions, visit the Community Engagement page.

Programs can also be offered for customized audiences (such as groups, clubs or departments) upon request. Please contact Nicole Arcangeli at to schedule a session.

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