Reading Police Department Offering Self-Defense Class for Women

Reading, MA — Chief David Clark is pleased to report that the Reading Police Department will offer free self-defense classes for women next month.

The RAD self-defense system focuses on teaching women quick, effective defenses to the most common attacks in domestic violence, sexual assaults, and street assaults. Reading Police have offered the classes since 1996.

The Reading Police Department RAD program has had well over a thousand women participate since its inception 25 years ago. The program has remained free of charge thanks to donations and support from individuals and community groups. The department would like to thank the Women’s League of Reading for their ongoing support.

The class will be taught in Reading over four nights:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

“We are proud to offer this course on a continuing basis, as we seek to help women in our community protect themselves and build confidence,” said Chief Clark. “I’m thankful for the longtime support the Women’s League of Reading has provided this program, and urge community members to participate.”

Email Community Service Officer Kristen O’Shaughnessy at, or call 781-942-6761 to sign up or get more information on the program.

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