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City of Pasadena
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Pasadena police offer program that could help save your life
In just a few hours a couple of nights a week, you can learn how to defend yourself in the event of an attack. You can participate in a program that teaches you how to recognize and reduce risks in different types of situations. Basically, these 14 hours could save your life.
In March, the Pasadena Police Department is offering a four-day program called R.A.D., which stands for Rape Aggression Defense, in which participants learn simple, realistic self-defense maneuvers and techniques. The program will be held over the course of four days: March 21-22 and March 28-29. Each part of the course will be held from 6:00-9:30 p.m. at the City’s Multipurpose Recreation Center (5200 Burke). The cost to participate is $25 per student.
The R.A.D. class is designed to help women in the area to feel safer, more aware and more confident. The program 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. “Our participants walk away feeling more confident and with information they can use in any number of situations 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.
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. The class is limited to 25 students. For more information, call Community Services at (713) 920-1655.
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