***Our first training class was held in July/August 2013 and was a great success! We plan to offer another class beginning November 2, 2013. The two-hour training classes will be held on Saturdays for four weeks beginning November 2nd, and ending November 23rd, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Those interested may contact either Sergeant Blake or Officer Blase at the below e-mail addresses, or you may contact the Amherst Police Department at 673-4900. This is a fantastic program, and I am certain that you will not be disappointed! Thank you for your interest! -Chief Reams
The Amherst Police Department is proud to offer a free self-defense training program for women of all ages beginning July 17, 2013. The training program, known as R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense), is self defense program that has been taught to more than 900,000 women since its inception in 1989. R.A.D is not a martial arts class, but rather, is a hands on program aimed at empowerment. RAD is a system that is designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence by teaching awareness, assertiveness, risk reduction and avoidance, and physical defense strategies. R.A.D. allows women to acquire self defense education in a relatively short period of time through a progressive, building block format. This accelerated skill building eventually culminates in actual demonstrations where both the participant and instructors wear full-contact padded suits.
Self defense can be an empowering experience for women. In this class, women will learn basic confrontational principles like understanding reaction time, vulnerable target areas, personal weapons, postures of conflict, and the overall survival mindset. R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. Instructors. R.A.D. is the only self defense program to have been endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI), and Redman Training Gear.
The training will be conducted by the Amherst Police Department’s two newly certified R.A.D. instructors, Sergeant Chad Blake and Officer Heather Blase. In order sponsor this valuable training, the department arranged to borrow the required training suits through a state network, but hopes to be able to purchase its own equipment in the near future in order to provide more training options and accessibility. In fact, the Amherst Lions Club is currently exploring funding possibilities that may eventually enable the police department to purchase its own set of R.A.D. training gear.
The program will be taught over the course of five sessions beginning on Wednesday, July 17th, and will be held at Souhegan High School. Classes begin at 7:00 pm, and will last roughly two hours. Interested participants should contact the department’s R.A.D. training officers at the following e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com. Those without e-mail access may call the Amherst Police Department at 673-4900. First consideration will be given to Amherst residents.