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R.A.D. Women's Self Defense

R.A.D. Women’s Self Defense

Buchanan City Police Department is offering R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Systems courses.  Officer Brie has become a certified instructor to teach R.A.D. basic self-defense for women and is ready to pass that knowledge onto you! We offer courses to ages 16 & up, and all levels of physical ability can participate. Courses are FREE, but require pre-registration. Learn how to prepare yourself with realistic defense techniques.


What is R.A.D.?

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.





Why R.A.D.?

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 worldwide.

R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. Instructors.


How do I sign up?

To register you can call Buchanan City Police Department at 269-695-5120, or register by email.  Click here to email. If you are emailing, please include your full name, date of birth, email, and phone number.  A confirmation email will be sent to you after you sign up, and you will be contacted by the instructor prior to the course date.



Buchanan City Police Department offers R.A.D. for females ages 16 or older.  Females under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a waiver must be signed.

Please click HERE to see our R.A.D. 2019 courses!


Meet the Instructor

Hello! I’m Officer Brianna (Brie) Schmitz and I work for Buchanan City Police Department! I have 11 years of experience in law enforcement through several other local agencies, and have been working full time for the City of Buchanan for 3 years. In 2018, I was sent to R.A.D. Instructor training and am now a certified instructor. Since then I have helped teach several R.A.D. courses with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Pokagon Tribal Police Department, and Baroda-Lake Township Police Department.  Teaching women self-defense is one of the best parts of my job, and it has been incredibly inspiring to become a part of this wonderful program! I am excited to teach you how to be more aware of your surroundings, and be ready if you ever have to defend yourself. YOU CAN DO IT!