The Decatur Police Department will hold a hands-on, active practice self-defense class for women in December.
The R.A.D. (Rape Agression Defense) training is free with attendance capped at 20 people, so early registration is important.
The class is divided into three training sessions from Tuesday, December 3 – Thursday, December 5. Each class will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Participants are expected to attend all three classes. Instruction will be by Sgt. Atchley and Ofc. Bradley at the Decatur Police Training Center at 4119 Old Hwy 31 in Decatur. Classes will be hands-on, as participants will actively practice self-defense tactics and techniques. Gym attire is requested.
Instructors say that these classes may be considered physically demanding by some, but women of all abilities are encouraged to register.
An information form must be completed as part of the registration process. A hold harmless release is also required for class admission. These are due to the front desk of the Decatur Police Department by November 25.
Chief Nate Allen commented on the importance of the program. “We are honored to provide practical instruction to our residents. We hope they never have to put the tools they learn into practice, but preparation is a key component of safety for all.”