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.
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 not only go over our basic safety tips, but will also help provide information that would be applicable towards 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
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
CPR-AED Training (not currently offered)
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.
Currently, DPS is not offering CPR-AED training courses.
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.