For nearly 20 years, the Utah County Sheriff's Office has offered personal safety and self-defense
classes to residents of Utah County. These courses are offered in affiliation and partnership with
the national leaders of personal safety and self-defense programs - R.A.D. Systems of Self
Defense and r.a.d.KIDS Personal Empowerment and Safety Education.
There are several factors that make these programs unique. Each offers a comprehensive curriculum
teaching empowering life skills, risk-reducing strategies, and physical resistance/defense skills.
Additionally, participants have an opportunity to practice physical techniques in a controlled
dynamic simulation at the end of each course. Each class is an informative and empowering
opportunity. The curriculum is taught and learned at a level of "go at your own pace" allowing the
course to benefit participants of all ages, sizes, and health conditions.
The courses for children, women, and men, are taught by well-trained certified instructors who are
sworn and civilian employees of the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
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To view class schedules offered by the Utah County Sheriff's Office and register for a course,
please visit the scheduling
A R.A.D. for Men program gives male participants the opportunity to learn to raise their
awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn
steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and
violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior
directed toward them. This program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices
when confronted with aggressive behavior.
As a nonprofit organization, the radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education program is
dedicated to providing children with proven and effective life-saving skills by teaching them
how to "Resist Aggression Defensively."
For almost 2 decades, this national program has been able to reach thousands of children
across North America and has documented many successes in the prevention of violence and harm
to children. Through radKIDS, children become empowered and learn to replace the fear,
confusion and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, personal safety skills, and
self-esteem. This comprehensive class encompasses a multitude of personal safety topics
specifically designed for children and is taught through a hands-on, activity based
"The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and
techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with
awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics
of hands-on defense training." Each session of classes at the UCSO also includes training and
education in keychain defense (Kubaton).