R.A.D. Training Sessions for the Community Announced
September 1, 2017
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Beginning later this month, the University of Baltimore Police Department will offer a series of R.A.D. (Rape, Aggression, Defense) training sessions for the central Baltimore community. In keeping with the department’s mission to enhance the safety and quality of life on campus, the training?available to both women and men?leads to a nationally recognized certification of capability in personal security.
R.A.D. is taught at colleges and universities across the country, as well as in municipal law enforcement agencies. According to its website, it is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators as well as a number of other self-defense training providers.
UBPD Officer Brantley W. Parks, who leads the R.A.D. program for women at UB, says the R.A.D. technique is relatively easy to learn and highly effective in real-life situations.
"Thinking that crime can only happen to someone else and doing nothing to prepare yourself is not a good strategy," Parks says. "Making yourself less of a target is simpler than you might think. Most crime can and should be prevented by simply reducing the opportunities for it to occur."
The Women's Self Defense Course will be offered by the University of Baltimore Police Department in 12 one-hour sessions on the following dates and times:
- SESSION A will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 12.
- SESSION B will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. starting on Sept. 12.
- SESSION C will be offered on Saturdays from 10:30-1:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 16.
The Saturday session will run for four weeks with three-hour sessions each. All classes will be held in the Academic Center Gym, 1420 N. Charles St., in the Mat Room. Participants are urged to wear gym clothes and shoes for each session. Be prepared for a mildly strenuous experience.
Enrollment is open to all UB female faculty, staff, students, alumni, family members and the community. Class size is limited to 20 students. A $20 cost will include the course plus a comprehensive reference manual. Attendance of all sessions is strongly encouraged and a certificate of completion will be issued upon successful completion of the course. Students can participate in a simulation exercise where they will utilize the techniques taught against an aggressor.
R.A.D. classes also are available for men. Contact the UB Police Department for details.
For more information, visit the University of Baltimore Police website. To register for the class, contact Sgt. Russell Kemp, 410.837.5584, or Nicole Svehla, 410.837-5529, or send an email to email@example.com.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.