The Dalton Police Department will
host another session of the popular RAD Systems Women's Self Defense Class in
January. Previous sessions of the class, which is taught by Dalton Police
Training Officer Brian Pack, have been well-received by women who have
The course will take place over four nights in January
(January 15, 17, 29, and 31st) from 6 pm until 9 pm. The January 15th
class will meet at the Dalton Police Services Center, and the others will be
held at the new Mack Gaston Community Center on Fredrick Street. The
course is being offered free of charge. The class is limited to 20
participants, and the course is designed for women ages 13 and up. However,
women younger than age 18 may participate, but must have a parent or
guardian sign a waiver to enroll.
The program is for women only – wives, mothers,
daughters, sisters, girlfriends – and all who successfully complete the course
will have a lifetime return policy allowing them to participate in any R.A.D
System program to refresh their skills at any time. The 12-hour course
educates women on safety strategies to minimize their chances of becoming a
victim, and physical tactics aimed at disabling an attacker long enough to
escape. Officer Pack, certified in the R.A.D System of Self Defense, will
wear a padded “Red Man” suit for some of the exercises which allow the women to
practice defensive maneuvers they have learned in the class without the fear of
injuring the instructor.
“Our ultimate goal is to promote safety and build
confidence,” said Officer Pack. “Our hope is that no one will ever have to use
the skills they’ll learn in this class, but we want them to feel safe wherever
they go. We’re not teaching people how to fight, but to have some skills they
can use to create enough of a diversion to create distance and get away if they
ever find themselves in a dangerous situation."
Women interested in the class may also email
Officer Brian Pack at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.