The Franklin Police Department is working on a program that will offer self-defense training for women. Franklin's new police chief, Chief David Adams, is bringing the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) program that was implemented at his former post in Hendersonville.
“R.A.D. was developed over 20 years ago,” explained Adams. “The program’s primary function is the practical development of self-defense options for women, before and during situations of imminent or adductive assault. And this type of training teaches employable tactics designed for women that work without the time investment of complicated martial arts training. This program has provided training to more than 275,000 women nationwide.”
Chief Adams explained that as a police officer and former Army solider, out of all of the training courses he has experienced, he believes that R.A.D. stands to be the most beneficial for women.
“I have participated in many self defense training programs as a Police Officer and Army soldier,” said Adams. “and by far, the R.A.D. program is the most effective/ practical training for empowering women and developing their survival skills with minimal time investment.”
Franklin Police officer Christy Evans and Adams have participated in a three day, 30 hour block of hands on training with certified instructors. The training allows both Evans and Adams to teach the course in Franklin. “After completion of the program, we had to pass a written exam and the practical test,” said Adams. “and now we are certified to teach the Basic R.A.D. class.”
According to Adams, regardless of the crime rate regarding physical attacks on the female population of Franklin, the fundamentals taught in the R.A.D. Class are essential for all women. “I believe all women should have an opportunity to learn techniques to defend themselves against assaults or abduction,” said Adams. “This program instills confidence and allows women the chance to develop and use maneuvers in a realistic environment. Women are assaulted physically and sexually everyday in every community and Franklin is no exception.”
In additional to teaching women techniques to defend themselves in the event of an attack, Adams believes that the program offers an added benefit in boosting confidence and empowering the female community. “I believe this will be an empowering eye opening experience for those who participate,” said Adams. “and my hope is that, we will be able to instill an attitude to the participants that they can defend themselves and survive any assaultive situation.”
Adams said that the Police Department hopes to offer the first class by late summer. Several community organizations have partnered with the Police Department to support bringing this program. So far, businesses such as Macon Bank, Angel Hospital and Nantahala Bank have donated money to help purchase the training equipment needed for the course. For more information or to donate to the program, contact the Franklin Police Department at 828.524.2864.