Shelby police to host self-defense course this month for women

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published November 10, 2021

 The Shelby Township Police Department is offering women who are Shelby Township residents a self-defense class.

The Shelby Township Police Department is offering women who are Shelby Township residents a self-defense class.

Photo provided by Mark Benedittini

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department Community Services Unit will be hosting a Rape, Aggression, Defense class from 5 to 8 p.m. each night Nov. 15-18.

The R.A.D. course is for women only and will be taught by specially trained department instructors who want to provide the students with realistic options for resistance and defense against attack.

The R.A.D. program is a 12-hour course that includes in-classroom lectures, physical demonstrations and repetitive practice. There is a simulation exercise on the final day of the course.

Sgt. Mark Benedettini, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said the program is designed to teach girls and women of all skill levels some techniques to be prepared.

“The course is designed so that women, no matter their age or physical ability, can participate and learn techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. We currently have four officers on the department who are certified to teach this course to residents, and due to the expected demand for this course, we are sending four more officers to get certified to be a  R.A.D. instructor this November,” he said in an email interview.

Benedettini said that, due to COVID-19, the program had to be delayed until this month.

“We were originally planning on hosting our first R.A.D. course in March of 2020, but unfortunately, COVID hit around the same time, so we were delayed in getting this program going. However, we are excited to finally be able to host our first R.A.D. class this November, and we plan on hosting three or four R.A.D. classes every year beginning in 2022. The demand for this class from residents has been great, as our first class is already full,” he said.

Participation in the simulation is not required to receive a certificate. Attendance is, however, required every day. 

The course will be held at the Shelby Township Activities Center, 14975 21 Mile Road in Shelby Township.

Participants must be Shelby Township residents and, at minimum, 12 years old. Minors must be accompanied by an adult, and a parental consent form must be completed to allow the minor to participate.

Interested women must complete the registration forms at crimewatch.net/us/mi/macomb-county/shelby-twp-pd and submit them to Benedettini at mbenedettini@shelbytwp.org. For more information, call Benedettini at (586) 731-2121, ext. 358.

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