"SHARP" stands for Sexual Harassment And Rape Prevention and the program is gaining popularity. The department started it back up in November and will have another class December 14th. The course teaches women ages 15 and older self defense tactics the police department uses themselves. For a sneak peak of defense moves you'll learn, click the video above.
Officer Keith Foster, who helps run the course said the most important part of self defense, is making sure you don't have to use it.
"To me the vast majority of self defense is awareness and avoidance. That's probably a good 90, 95 percent of it being aware of what's going on and avoiding those bad places," Foster said.
Though the next session is not until December, Foster said if a group of 10 to 20 women would like to take the course, the instructors are flexible and will help create an additional session.
Other police departments in northwest Arkansas also offer women's self defense classes throughout the year. Contact individual stations for details.
Check out this tutorial for 3 ways to defend yourself against an attacker.