For over a decade now, the Walpole Police Department has held R.A.D. classes. This popular self-defense program, geared toward women, is designed to empower, instill confidence and give women a sense of freedom.
The Walpole Police R.A.D. Instructors are all specially trained to teach these classes, and the instructors were able to obtain funding to purchase the protective equipment needed to offer this class to members of the community.
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. R.A.D. is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
The program runs in four (4) three-hour classes taught by our certified R.A.D. Instructors, all Walpole Police Officers, and will be closed to those not enrolled. The program is held here in town, in a private classroom environment. While the class is funded largely by the generous donations of local businesses, we ask for a donation of $20 for the program, all of which is put back into the program in the form of equipment, student materials, and refreshments.
In 2011, Sergeant Jackie Hazeldine applied for, and was awarded a generous grant from Wal-Mart to purchase more equipment to make the classes even better. With this money they will be able to purchase another protective suit to allow more instructors to participate. This gives more hands-on opportunities for students, actively striking at the suited instructors, which is a vital part of the class.
The upcoming R.A.D. class consists of 4, 3-hour classes held at Blackburn Hall.
The dates are: January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
The times are: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
To sign up please call or email the Walpole Recreation Department at: