Office of the Albany County

R.A.D. Self Defense Programs

R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense SystemsR.A.D. Basic Self Defense for Women is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, and risk avoidance strategies. We believe this is 90% of our personal safety.

The system then progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. However, R.A.D. is NOT a martial arts program. Our goal is to teach women techniques to help them escape and survive.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (Flight or Fight Syndrome). R.A.D. provides effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

Course Details

R.A.D. session photo - two trainees spar while wearing protective gear

The 12 hour program is broken down into 3 or 4 sessions depending on the class’s needs. Day one starts with risk education and transitions into hands on physical defense. The following sessions are composed of physical training that culminates in the simulation component of the program. This final session gives the participant the opportunity to perform the techniques they have learned against "aggressors" wearing special protective equipment in realistic training scenarios.

Free Return and Practice Policy

R.A.D. “Graduates” receive a free lifetime return and practice guarantee that allows them to take a class anywhere, for free, regardless of whether that instructor charges for the program or not, as long as there is room in that class.


Classes are provided FREE to county residents by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

•  R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with over 11,000 Instructors receiving training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.

•  R.A.D. is the only existing program with a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored throughout both the US and Canada.

•  R.A.D. is the only self defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) external website.

OffenderWatch external website

Law Enforcement Request for Information (DSS) [PDF]

Albany County Animal Abuse Registry external website