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Irving Police Department to Host Free Self-Defense Classes for Women and Girls

The Irving Police Department is taking proactive steps to empower women and girls in Irving by offering free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems classes. Aimed at teaching realistic self-defense tactics and techniques, the course is open to females aged 12 years and older.

Led by nationally certified RAD instructors who are dedicated Irving police officers, the classes provide participants with the tools and knowledge to defend themselves effectively and confidently in potentially dangerous situations. The program focuses on empowering women and girls by building their physical and mental resilience, ensuring they feel safer in their communities.

This four-day course will meet on Thursdays in September. 

SEPTEMBER 7, 14, 21, AND 28

Classes are held at the Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot, near the water tower.

  • Bring completed registration forms and waivers to first class.
  • Wear basic workout attire: something comfortable that would be worn to the gym, such as a T-shirt, shorts or pants, and closed-toe lace-up shoes. No sandals, boots, or open-toe shoes.
  • Bring a snack and something to drink.

Learn more about the national RAD Systems program.

RAD is designed to engage participants in a series of hands-on, realistic self-defense tactics and reinforce the power of the voice. The RAD curriculum teaches basic self-defense and focuses on self-awareness, risk reduction and avoidance. These programs include educational components comprised of lectures, discussions and physical resistance strategies. The program's goal is to develop and enhance a woman's options for self-defense, giving her viable considerations if she is attacked.

Designed for women and girls of all skill levels, each class is split into three-hour sessions over four days, providing flexibility for those who work or attend school.

In addition, participants who complete the program are eligible for RAD Systems' Lifetime Return and Practice Policy, allowing them free acceptance to any class held in the United States or Canada for additional practice and education. This program is an excellent opportunity for women of all skill levels.

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