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PEPPERELL — For the past eight years, the Pepperell Police Department has hosted the nationally renowned RAD Women’s Basic Self-Defense classes for Pepperell residents.

This program focuses on preventing assaults with awareness of your surroundings and recognition of risks as a first line of defense. Women of all ages, fitness levels and abilities are encouraged to sign up for this program, which is not a martial arts class, but rather an incorporation of basic physical skills that can be learned and applied easily.

More than 140 local women have attended this popular class. The next sessions will run for five Tuesdays, starting on April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the police station, 59 Main St. The class is limited to 12 participants, and spaces will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

This program sponsored by the Police Department as a Community Policing Program. It is free of charge to participants. There is also a free lifetime return policy for anyone wishing to refresh her skills at a future RAD Women’s Basic Defense program across the United States.

For information or to reserve a spot call Deb Carney at (978) 501-3324 or e-mail djcarney@hotmail.com. Applications are also available at the Police Station window or by calling Officer Bruce Haskins at (978) 433-2424, ext. 622.

A similar program for teens aged 13 to 19, will be offered in August. If you would like to reserve your place in this class, please contact either instructor above.

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