The Dalton Police Department periodically offers a 12-hour Women’s Self Defense Program that includes both classroom and physical instruction to help women better protect themselves from threats. The course is not intended to teach women how to fight but rather to teach women safety strategies to reduce the risk of attack and also some physical tactics that will allow them to escape from an attacker. The course is based on the R.A.D. Systems course and is taught by Officer Chris McDonald. The class is offered free of charge.
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 Systems 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 McDonald, 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.
The class is limited to 20 participants and the course is designed for women ages 13 and up. However, any women younger than age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver to enroll.
The ultimate goal is to promote safety and build confidence. The hope is that no one will ever have to use the skills they’ll learn in this class, but will instead feel safe wherever they go. The class is not designed to teach people how to fight, but instead to teach them 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.
The course is offered periodically throughout the year and often fills up fast. New classes are announced on the department’s website and also on the DPD’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the class you can contact Officer Chris McDonald by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.