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CHELMSFORD — Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced that the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will host three nights of a women’s basic self-defense course beginning January 8. The class is free and open to any woman age 16 or over who is living or working in Middlesex County.

“These classes are an opportunity for women to learn basic self-defense techniques and to build confidence in addressing potentially dangerous situations that can occur anywhere,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Part of our community response in ending gender-based violence – along with educating men on their role in perpetrating it – is to provide women with resources to increase their sense of security.”

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program will be run in collaboration with the Lowell and Billerica Police Departments. Classes will meet from 6-9p.m. each evening at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Training Academy in Chelmsford. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction and dynamic hands on training, where participants learn self-defense techniques and tactics.

Those interested in attending may contact Community Affairs Director Ken Doucette at 978-495-7408.

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