Power Curve Self Defense

Power Curve training

Power Curve Self Defense!

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


Deputies who teach Defensive Tactics design and instruct the 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 will provide options to reduce the risk of abuse and sexual attack.


Power Curve is held at the Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro. 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 normally begins 30 days before each session starts.


We provide this course as a service to the community, free of charge.


  • 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 or call our Community Outreach Resources and Education Unit at (503) 846-2774.

  • Plan to attend both sessions in the same week.

  • Please cancel your registration before the first session if you cannot attend all sessions.

  • Due to the space, class size is limited. You may register yourself and two other people.

  • You will be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive, or you may bring it with you to the class.


Upcoming Sessions 


  • October 17 (full 1-day session with Women's Safety Fair)

The Women's Safety Fair begins at 8 a.m. and concludes 4:15 p.m. (lunch is included). 


Class size is limited to the first 100 women who register for this session.  The participants who complete this session are strongly encouraged to sign-up for Part II of the self-defense training which is offered on the following dates;

  • October 19

  • October 20

  • October 21

  • October 22

Part II will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the basement of the old Washington County Jail (on the Northwest corner of 1st and Lincoln).  Signs will be posted clearly marking the location of the class.  Specifics, including parking information, will be provided at the time of registration. 


If you have any questions, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Darlene Schnoor at 

(503) 846-2774.