Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

RAD Self Defense

RAD for Women
Self defense classes open to the public

Defensive tactics every woman needs to know are taught at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

Det. Norma Alber instructs students both in classroom and gymnasium settings. The 12-hour course is broken into four nights of classes, and taught in the training room of the new law enforcement center, 26861 C.R. 26 (building is closest to the entrance).

Participants must attend all four courses in order to complete the course. 


The next class offered will be 6:00pm - 9:00pm on the following dates: 

  • April 10th, 17th, 24th and May 1st 

    • This class will be held at Zion Missionary Church     1135 E. Hively Ave Elkhart, IN
    • To register for this session, call Bette Blough (574)891-2341 or send an email to bblough@elkhartcountysheriff.com.
  • May 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th (Mondays & Tuesdays)

    • This class will be held at World Missionary Press 19168 CR 146 New Paris, IN
    • To register for this session, call Jerry Whitener at (574)349-7869



Women interested in attending these free courses should call (574)891-2341 or send an email to bblough@elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Private clubs, businesses, and community groups may arrange training to fit specific schedules by using the same contact information.


Advanced RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Class for women that was scheduled for June has been canceled. 

Like our other RAD classes, this class is free; however, women are strongly encouraged to have completed the basic RAD class before signing up for the advanced class.

Due to the dynamic impact drills, which will include more vulnerable locations to the face, head, knees and back, women will need to be able to do more intense ground defense.

Women will need to be able to give and receive strikes & kicks, learn how to fall and have a warrior mentality.

Women interested in attending the Advanced RAD class should call (574)891-2341 or send an email to bblough@elkhartcountysheriff.com 


Additional information about the program and the trainers is available in our brochure.


Whatever your age or skill level, we’ll teach you something to prepare yourself physically and psychologically. People need this class if they can’t answer whether they are prepared to defend themselves from an attacker.

Det. Norma Alber, a certified trainer in the nationally respected Rape Aggression Defense program