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


2018 Sessions:  

Register now for the Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 –Women's Safety Fair – Classroom 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

The Women's Safety Fair will take place at the Washington County Sheriff's Headquarters at 215 SW Adams Ave in Hillsboro. It will include educational presentations, hands-on defensive tactics, vendor fair, lunch and raffle prizes. The class size is limited to 80 students (registration required). Due to the mature subject matter, students must be at least 14 years or older to participate. If the participant is under the age of 16, they must be accompanied by an adult and a waiver will need to be signed. The wome

In addition to the Saturday session, participants are invited to a secondary session offered Monday - Thursday evenings the week of October 15th. Participants may choose one supplemental sessions. Additional details will be provided upon registration.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the class, please contact Amy Terrones at (503) 846-2774 or by e-mail at amy_terrones@co.washington.or.us.