Lafayette Police Department hosts self-defense training for women

It's a two-day training. The first day focuses on personal safety and the second day focuses on what to do if it's violated.

Posted: Mar 10, 2019 10:13 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2019 3:41 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — News 18 got an inside look at the Lafayette Police Department's RAD training.

“We basically teach women about self-defense and we also cover different topics such as personal safety, home safety, if you're out and about, cars, just a whole gamut of stuff,” said class trainer, Sergeant Shana Wainscott with LPD.

It's a two-day training. The first day focuses on personal safety and the second day focuses on what to do if it's violated.

“We're getting ready to go into some scenarios and as we're moving through the moves,” said Wainscott. “I see them getting louder and yelling more and just being self-assertive and I hope that it translates if they ever have to use this kind of training.”

There are no cameras allowed while training is taking place, so Sgt. Wainscott encourages the community to sign up and learn for themselves what goes on during the training.

“Once you come once to the class, it's a lifetime membership so you can come back as much as you want to,” said Wainscott. “Any of the RAD classes for free, you don't have to go through the whole course.”

Class attendee Kendall VanCourt said she's always wanted to take a self-defense class. As someone who likes to travel, she said it feels like a good tool to have.

“Be aware of your surroundings have a game plan in place in case something were to happen,” said VanCourt. “Of course we hope we don't ever have to use the physical aspects of the training but if we do, I feel personally that I'd be well equipped.”

She feels training like this could benefit the entire community.

“I think if all women are prepared for any kind of situation like this, I think it would just be better for the overall community,” said VanCourt.

The next class will be held on the first weekend of April, you can register here. The class costs $10.

This training was for women but they also host radKids, which is separate from RAD.

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