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Tewksbury Police Graduate First R.A.D. for Seniors Class

Jun 24, 2014 07:46PM ● By Bill Gilman

The first graduating class of the Tewksbury Police Senior Citizen R.A.D. program.

The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Police Department.

Senior citizens are considered a vulnerable population who often fall victim to scams and theft. The Tewksbury Police Department is working hard to put an end to that mindset by empowering seniors through a program called R.A.D. Self Defense and Personal Safety Education for Seniors. Tewksbury Police Department has three Police Officers who are R.A.D. for Seniors certified program instructors.   

On Friday, June 20, Tewksbury Police Department graduated its first R.A.D for Seniors class (see attached photo). Over a ten day period from March to June, instructors taught a curriculum that included mental preparedness, home safety, scam recognition, and physical protection techniques.

Members of the graduating class learned about risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, and risk avoidance. The course instruction centers around strategies that help reduce victimization and build self-confidence. 

To build self-confidence, instruction is given on how to perform physical self-defense maneuvers to help fend off aggressors. These are simple techniques that seniors can use to defend themselves without being hurt in the process. Seniors practiced moves and techniques which included how to shield a block from an attacker. The Police Department hopes to run an additional class in the fall at the Tewksbury Senior Center.

The class is free but interested individuals will need to sign up in advance. For more information call Safety Officer Jennie Welch at 978-851-7373, EXT 230. 

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