Women’s Self-Defense 

The Sheriff’s Office recognizes the need and importance to educate and empower women in Delaware County to reduce their risk of victimization. The Rape, Aggression, Defense (RAD) program is typically offered four times a year. RAD is a nationally recognized program that is designed specifically for women. Deputies who are RAD certified lead the 8-hour course, which is taught over 2 consecutive Saturday mornings (4 hours each from 8am – Noon). These free sessions are hands-on, including instruction, demonstration, and role-playing. Women will get to put their newfound knowledge to the test at the end of the session.


2024 Schedule 

Four sessions will be offered in 2024 and each session includes two Saturday classes. Next to the Session dates below are the Registration dates, and on those dates, the registration form will appear below on this webpage. 

Session #1: February 3 & 10  Class is full

Session #2: April 20 & 27 Class is full

Session #3: August 3 & 10  Registration Opens on July 12

Session #4: November 9 & 16  Registration Opens on Oct. 18


  • Class locations vary by each session.
  • Class size is limited, and fill up quickly.
  • Must be 13 years or older (parental permission required for teens).
  • Gym clothes/sweats and tennis shoes are encouraged.
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail with further details.


For more information: kimthurn@co.delaware.oh.us