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Training Courses

Saint Louis University's Department of Public Safety offers multiple crime prevention and emergency preparedness courses to the SLU community. These courses are all taught by officers who have attended specialized training to become certified instructors in the subject matter.

Our department’s goal with each course is to raise awareness, provide information and help develop skills on how to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Interested in registering for a course? Contact us

A DPS officer conducting CPR training

Our Courses 

Campus Safety Presentation

DPS provides a safety presentation to help SLU community members better understand our department, the services we offer and basic safety tips to help you navigate our campus.

Upon request, DPS will hold training sessions that consist of a PowerPoint presentation and a Q&A session. These training sessions are offered to departments, organizations, clubs and any other groups within the SLU community. The instructors of this course will go over our basic safety tips and provide information that applies to the group they are teaching.

Fire Extinguisher Training

Upon request, Public Safety will set up a training class where the St. Louis Fire Department teaches and demonstrates for the class on how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. The fire department will the allow each participant to operate the fire extinguisher.

Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.)

R.A.D. is a program created for women that teaches realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. This 12-hour course covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

This course is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by using easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. R.A.D. is taught by certified instructors and offered free of charge by the department.


Lieutenant Johsiey Litherland

Lieutenant Joshua Johnson

Officer Air’Shay Lampkin

Officer Lavonda Tucker-Jackson

Defense and Personal Safety (D.P.S. with DPS)

D.P.S. is a basic self-defense course that was created and is taught by DPS officers. The program was designed as a basic self-defense course and requires no previous experience in self-defense training. This three-hour long course will teach participants different techniques of blocking, striking, and various other hand-to-hand combat tactics.


Lieutenant Johsiey Litherland

Officer Air'Shay Lampkin

Lieutenant Joshua Johnson

Officer Lavonda Tucker-Jackson

CPR-AED Training 

Be prepared by learning how to save lives and handle emergencies by attending the CPR/AED/First Aid course. This program was created by the American Heart Association and is taught on the SLU campus by certified and experienced DPS instructors. This hands-on class is four hours long, and upon completion of the class, each participant receives a CPR certification card.

This class costs $10 and is limited to six class participants at a time to allow for the best possible hands-on experience.

Please visit SkillSoft in your MySLU portal to register for CPR-AED training courses.


CPR/AED training will take place on the following dates. 

Register for CPR/AED Training

  • January 23, 2024
  • January 29, 2024
  • February 7, 2024
  • February 19, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • March 25, 2024
  • April 15, 2024
  • April 23, 2024


Lieutenant Joshua Johnson


Active Violence Response Training

This course, was created to prepare people on how to respond in an active violence situation. The training is taught by instructors who focus on empowering people to make good survival decisions should an attack occur.

  • Instructors

Lieutenant Joshua Johnson