The St. Francisville Police Department held self-defense classes for area women Feb. 10-11.

The event was sponsored by the Magnuson Hotel in St. Francisville, which donated the room space for the classes, and was overseen by Police Chief Scott Ford. Officers Don Roberts and Amanda White served as course instructors.

More than 50 participants attended both nights, with women ages 15 to older than 60 participating.

Ford said the Police Department intends to offer the courses twice yearly.