Power Curve Self Defense

Your Sheriff's Office invites women, 14 years and older, to participate in a free personal safety course entitled "Power Curve--Increasing Self Defense Options for Women."

Deputies who teach Defensive Tactics design and instruct this hands-on class. Their goal is to empower women with tools to maintain personal safety and to successfully confront and survive potentially dangerous situations. A focus on situational awareness and training in physical self-defense techniques provide options to reduce the risk of abuse and sexual attack.

Prior to taking part in this course, you will be required to sign a "Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement". Please have your form signed and ready as we will begin check-in 15 minutes early so we can start the class promptly.

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, and athletic style shoes for ease of practicing the physical techniques you will learn both evenings. Please do not wear skirts, sandals, flip flops, crocs, or clog-like shoes. A water bottle may also be helpful. We will also have lockers to secure valuables but space is limited to small items and handbags.

Power Curve is held in the lower level of the "old Washington County Jail," of the Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro. Street parking is available, as well as the County Lot at the Northwest corner of 1st and Lincoln. Signs will also be posted to clearly mark the location of the class.

The two-session course is offered on two evenings during the same week from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., or back-to-back classes held on a Saturday. Registration begins 30 days before each session starts.



  • Minimum 14 years of age (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • No criminal history of felony or violent misdemeanor crimes

To Register:

  • Use our online registration form
  • Plan to attend both sessions
  • Please cancel your registration 72 hours before the first session if you cannot attend, we may be able to fill the vacancy.
  • Due to the space, class size is limited to 25 participants
  • You may register yourself and up two to other people

2017 Sessions:

  • May 20, 2017 (All Day Saturday)

  • June 20 and June 22, 2017

  • August 22 and August 24, 2017

  • October 21, 2017 (Saturday)

Upcoming Session:  The next Power Curve session is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Sheriff's Office will start taking registrations after April 20, 2017. To register, complete the online registration.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the class, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Darlene Schnoor at (503) 846-2774 or by e-mail at Darlene_Schnoor@co.washington.or.us.