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The nationally renowned Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program will be taught on a regular basis by the Gainesville Police Department in Florida.

According to the Gainesville Sun, the city commission voted unanimously to direct the GDP to train and certify officers to teach RAD class geared towards both adult and children.

Thus far, Sgt. Paris Owens is the only GDP officer who is a certified RAD instructor, but more will be certified by December. As the Sun reports, Owens told the commission that the RAD course was one of the hardest she’s ever undertaken, and she recommended that the GDP begin offering these courses.

“It’s the perfect time for us to start ramping this up,” she told The Sun.

The RAD courses will take place on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Gainesville Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon. Owens advises that anybody interested attend at least two of the free classes.

RAD classes are already being taught at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the Sun noted. The classes have proven very popular in light of recent attacks against students.

As the Sun reports, Mayor Ed Braddy has praised the GDP’s move towards teaching RAD to local residents.

“For the public at large, sometimes the university community we live in sort of casts a shadow and makes us think we’re insulated from the dangers of the real world, but we still live in a very dangerous world,” he said.

Read more: http://www.gainesville.com

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