The MU Police Department offers free training to members of the campus community. Training includes how to survive an active shooter incident and a variety of self-defense courses. We encourage you to watch this “Surviving an Active Shooter” video.

Citizens’ Response to Active Threats (C.R.A.T.)

The Citizens’ Response to Active Threats (CRAT) course combines concepts from Greg Crane’s ALiCE ® program and the Department of Homeland Security’s Run, Hide, Fight ® Program. It takes a comprehensive approach to dealing with active shooter/violent intruder incidents. Participants are taught to use integrated strategies incorporating environmental design, technology and communication, law enforcement response, and most importantly, ACTION by those in immediate danger because they are the REAL first responders. Participants will learn how to react and respond to violent intruders by taking an active role in their own survival.

This free class is taught in two formats:

  1. Classroom Only (1.5-2 hours)
  2. Classroom with hands-on practical block (3-4 hours).

This class is offered:

To groups with at least 15 people at a campus location. Interested groups can choose which of the above formats best suits their needs. Due to the high demand for this course, we can only accommodate requests from groups affiliated with the University of Missouri. For more information, or to request a course, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at or call 573-884-7809.

NOTE: Requests for this course must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Self-defense programs

We offer a variety of self-defense programs free of charge. Our instructors are certified through R.A.D. Systems and Krav Maga Worldwide. Due to differing dynamics in attacks on men versus women, our RAD self-defense programs are offered in a gender-specific* format. Please note: Basic courses are pre-requisites to some of our more advanced courses.
*Gender-specific courses welcome all who identify as the gender for which the course was designed.

Women’s Programs

R.A.D. Courses
Our women’s courses include Basic R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), Advanced R.A.D. and Aerosol/Keychain. Basic R.A.D. is one of our most popular courses. Individual course descriptions are available or you can click here to see schedule and register.

Non-Gender Specific Programs

Gender-Inclusive Self-Defense

Our gender-inclusive course is open to all and designed to provide participants with information, tactics, and considerations which may be useful for various types of confrontational encounters. The program is approximately 13 hours in length. Attendees will learn de-escalation and physical self-defense techniques while also increasing awareness of aggressive behavior and ways to implement bystander intervention. Click here to see the course schedule and register.

General Safety Overview

This 90-minute General Safety Overview is appropriate for anyone interested in learning safety tips and techniques designed to increase situational awareness and reduce the risk of being the victim of a crime. Request this program here.

Car Care Clinic

This program teaches participants how to perform basic emergency maintenance, such as changing a flat tire, jump-starting a vehicle, and what tools everyone should carry in their vehicles. Time permitting, participants will also learn about some of the systems in the vehicle (electrical, fuel, brakes, etc.) and how to troubleshoot issues prior to taking the vehicle to a mechanic. Although not a requirement, participants are encouraged to bring their own vehicle so they will become more familiar with what they drive on a regular basis. Register for this clinic here.