Police hosting self defense classes for women

The Alabaster Police Department will host women's self defense classes this summer. (File)

The Alabaster Police Department will host women’s self defense classes this summer. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

The Alabaster Police Department will be teaching local women and teens to protect themselves against dangers such as assault and rape during a series of self defense classes this summer.

Two of the department’s officers – John Kessler and Jamison Lee – are certified “rape aggression defense” instructors, and will lead the classes, which will be held throughout June and July.

The classes are open to local females ages 13 and older.

“All classes will have both highly trained and experienced officers to ensure that each individual class participant receives the maximum benefit from their training experience,” read an APD press release. “We are offering an array of different times in order to accommodate the maximum amount of people.”

To complete the class, participants must take a total of nine hours of training time – either in a single class or over multiple classes.

“We have divided the classes into three-hour/three-day training, and also have several nine-hour/one-day classes,” read the release. “Remember that we have limited amounts of space for participants, so if you sign up please do your best to make the training so that another participant does not miss out on this training.”

Police said the classes are expected to fill up quickly, and are encouraging participants to sign up early. All classes will be held in the Thompson High School cafeteria, which is on the back of the school building.

To sign up for the classes online, visit http://www.sportsconductor.com/onlineregistration/step1.aspx?org=59 and follow these instructions:

-Sign into your account with your registered email address and password. If you do not already have an account set up you will need to create a free account first before you can register for the training. To create a free account select “Create Account” and enter the needed information. Then follow the next steps to register for the training.

-Select “Register Individual”

-Select participant (if you have daughters attending with you, you can create them as a participant under this one account)

-Choose “2014 RAD Training”

-Choose the class you wish to attend and complete the registration process. You will be able to see the confirmation on the bottom portion of the accounts home screen.

Classes will be held on the following dates and times:

 

June 23 – June 25

Morning Class: 9 a.m. – noon

Evening Class: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

June 26

One Day Class: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

June 27

One Day Class: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

June 30

One Day Class: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

July 7-9

Afternoon Class: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Night Class: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

July 21-23

Afternoon Class: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Night Class: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

July 24

One Day Class: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

July 25

One Day Class: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

July 28-30

Afternoon Class: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Night Class: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

July 31

One Day Class: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.