Sheriff Tompkins, department introduce women’s self-defense program to Suffolk County

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department are introducing a new self-defense program for women throughout the communities of Suffolk County as a part of its external public outreach efforts.

The program, D.A.S.H. or Defensive Aids in Situations of Help, aims to provide women with a greater sense of confidence and security in the form of an informational seminar and basic physical training.

The first session of D.A.S.H., coinciding with crime-prevention month, is slated for October 23rd at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury from 5:30-8:30pm and will be presented in collaboration with Chelsea Police Officer Jose Ramos and the Chelsea Police Department.

The program, offered to participants free of charge, will be conducted on four occasions within the fiscal year in the Suffolk County communities of Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere. Each session, which will be led by officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, will cover a range of issues and topics including-but-not-limited-to de-escalation techniques, avoidance strategies and basic physical scenario-based techniques that can be used to deter and escape potential aggressors. Women ages 18 and older are encouraged to participate.

“The D.A.S.H. program is an extension of the Department’s mission to help promote public safety within the communities of Suffolk County,” said Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins. “It’s designed to offer women some of the tools that can help them to gain greater control over their personal safety. The D.A.S.H. program can help to decrease one’s feeling of powerlessness and provides participants with a greater sense of self-confidence and security. Everyone has the right to feel safe.”

For more information about the program or to learn about future dates, please contact Zakiyyah Sutton at (617) 704-6656 or visit:


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