Pasadena PD to host self-defense and safety course
The Pasadena Police Department is now offering a four-day program designed to help women in the area to feel safer, more aware and more confident. The program is called R.A.D., which stands for Rape Aggression Defense, and in it, participants learn simple, realistic self-defense maneuvers and techniques. They also learn how to recognize and reduce risks in different types of situations.
The R.A.D. class is open to any female who is at least 12 years old, and Officer Craig Hamilton said he encouraged everyone who can participate in the program to do so, whether it is as part of the upcoming class or one in the future.
“Students can be as young as 12, and in the past, we’ve had a student as old as 80. Some have been victims of crimes in the past, and the class has served as a way for them to work through that. Others have never been in a situation like that and just want to learn ways to be prepared,” Hamilton said. “It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are – this is a good class for anyone.”
And while the program is focused on achieving some important goals, it is also a comfortable, informal environment for participants. It is a physical course, but Hamilton said it is not overly demanding, and those who need breaks can take them. However, he suggested that all students come dressed in athletic or workout clothing, including tennis shoes, so that they can move around easily.
The upcoming R.A.D. program will be held over the course of four days: August 10-11 and August 17-18. Each part of the course will be held from 6:00-9:30 p.m. and will take place at Keller Middle School (3102 San Augustine). The cost to participate is $25 per student.
Anyone interested in participating should complete the one-page form for the class (available online at www.ci.pasadena.tx.us) and return it, along with a check for the $25 participation fee made payable to CPAAA, to PPD’s Community Services Division at 112 N Walter, Pasadena, TX, 77506 to ensure their spot in the class.
Those who would like more information or are interested in participating in the R.A.D. program but are unable to attend the upcoming class, should call Community Services at (713) 920-1655. The R.A.D. program is limited to 25 participants per session, but if more people are interested in the program and/or would like to participate in the future, the department will look at scheduling more classes.
Hamilton said the response from the classes already held this year has been overwhelmingly positive; in fact, the Pasadena Police Department has already held more courses this year than originally planned, and that was all due to the community’s requests.
“Our participants walk away feeling more confident and with information they can use in any number of situations,” Hamilton said. “Whether this program helps you overcome something that has already happened or that could happen in the future, you can walk away knowing that you’re a survivor…and maybe even knowing that you kicked a little butt along the way.”