Sheriff’s office hosting self defense courses

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is offering women’s self defense classes through RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems.

RAD is a comprehensive personal safety course for women focusing on awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. Officers say safety and survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action.

The RAD system offers realistic defense techniques and provides women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance strategies.

RAD is not a martial arts program, but a basic self-defense program that women of all ages and physical capabilities can learn. Organizers say the tactics are simple, yet effective and is designed to give students the viable options and techniques necessary to protect themselves and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Classes are free and involve three evening sessions totaling 12 hours (from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.). All sessions must be completed to attain an official RAD certification. Classes are open to females ages 16 and above. Sixteen-year-old girls must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Pre-registration is required. To register or gain more information, call Sgt. Tina Morrow at (269) 983-7141 ext. 7302.

Classes will be offered from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. the following dates:

• April 14, 19 and 21 at the Eau Claire Student Activity Center, 6295 W. Main St., in Eau Claire.

• April 28, May 3 and 5 at Lake Township Public Safety Building, 3169 W. Shawnee Road.

• May 12, 17, 19 at Bridgman Elementary School, 3891 Lake St., in Bridgman.

• June 9, 14, 16 at BCSO Training Facility, 7710 Angling Road, Coloma.

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