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Niles Police Department's Self Defense Classes

R.A.D.  - Basic Physical
Self-Defense for Women

Niles City Police Department and Michigan State police are jointly offering a Basic Physical Self-Defense class for women. R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems of Self Defense is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. This system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about "The Fight or Flight Syndrome" while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective. Safety and survival in today's world require a definite course of action and escape. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.

Introducing:  KeyChain Class!


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This 12-hour (women only) course is broken down into 4 easy-to-learn classes for any age or skill level. Classes will be held at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex located at 1600 Silverbrook in Niles, MI.

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RAD Classes are scheduled periodically as applications to attend are received.
This course is covered over a four-day period. You must attend all four days to receive Certification. 
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Next RAD Class Dates: (Class Now Full)

Oct 12th (Wed) 6-9 pm Meet at the Niles Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is mostly classroom but we do get “on our feet” for about 30 minutes at the end of the night.  Please bring or wear comfortable athletic shoes (running shoes are discouraged due to the lack of ankle support).

Oct 13th (Thu) 6-9 pm Meet at the Niles Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is physical training, please wear comfortable, discreet work out style clothing & athletic shoes.

Oct 17th (Mon) 6-9 pm Meet at the Niles Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is physical training, please wear comfortable, discreet work out style clothing & athletic shoes.

Oct 18th (Tue) 6-10 pm Meet at the Niles City Fire Department-Council Chambers. This night is simulations/scenarios.  Please wear comfortable, discreet work out style clothing & athletic shoes.  Simulations should be finished around 9pm but we encourage you to stay for approximately one more hour (10pm) where we “de-brief”, meet your aggressors, receive your certificate and review video of your simulation.   We know this is a late night but the benefits of the extra hour is worth it~!!

This class requires pre-payment to hold your spot in class.  Pre-payment is $20 and covers everything you need for the class.  Please bring check or cash to the Niles Law Enforcement Complex with the completed RAD Registration Form.  (There are also forms available at the Dispatch Center at the Law Enforcement Complex).  If you prefer, you may mail the payment to us at:

Niles Police Department
Attn: Brenda
1600 Silverbrrok Ave.
Niles, MI  49120

When mailing a check please make it payable to: City of Niles and in the memo line write:  October RADPrint a RAD Registration Form.

Payment is expected to reach us by September 30th to hold your spot.  If payment will be late, please contact us by phone at 269-683-1313 ext. 270.  Our class size is limited to 25 students to offer you the best of personal instruction.  first paid, First Served.  We must have a minimum of 10 students to hold the class.  If class is cancelled by us for any reason you will have the option of receiving your payment back or applying it to another class.  If you cancel for any reason before September 30th you will have the option of receiving your payment back or applying it to another class.  If you cancel for any reason after September 30th, your payment will be applied to a future class.

You can reach us at: 269-683-1313 Ext. 270 or Thank you!   We look forward to seeing you in class!!!                                           

Your Niles Law Enforcement Complex R.A.D. Team Instructors: Ofc. Angie Lick, Res. Ofc. Julie Sisk, Res. Ofc.Back To Top Juan Gonzalez, Res. Ofc. Brian Leonard, Tpr. Rob Herbstreith, Tpr. Holly Tetro

RAD Self Defense Course

Key Chain Class




  • This class is a one day, 4 hour class, so you would need to choose ONE of the above times.

  • Classes are held at the Niles Fire Station - 1345 E. Main Street

  • We have a minimum of 5 students and a max of 10 .    Much smaller class sizes.

  • The cost is $20 (pre-paid to hold your reservation) includes everything except your gloves.  Visit the Dispatch Window at the Law Enforcement Complex at 1600 Silverbrook  to complete a small pre-registration form and pay your $20 or mail a $20 Check to:  Attention Brenda, Niles Police Department 1600 Silverbrook in Niles. Make the check to City of Niles and write in the Memo Line:  RAD-K and then tell us which class you'd like to attend.

  • The cost of the class includes:  R.A.D. Certified Key chain Instructors, Student Manual, Keychain Defense Tool also known as a Kubotan, all practice equipment including water jugs and pads.

  • To protect your hands from the keys banging around, you may wish to wear a light pair of leather gloves or weight lifting gloves.

  • The cost also includes your take home kubotan, book, and practice jug.

  • Students must be RAD basic certified to attend.

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