Community Programs


Contact Sgt. Natalie Selby for information at 859-635-4126 or

Our Instruction Objective “ To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.” What is it? R.A.D stands for Rape Aggression Defense, which in turn stands for Defense Against Abduction. To date, R.A.D. has been taught to over one hundred fifty women in Alexandria and also another fifty in Northern Kentucky assisting other instructors. To date, Alexandria Police Department has three certified instructors. Our instructors teach in the city and also provide help to other instructors in the area. R.A.D is a program that is set up to be very realistic/hands on self-defense training. Safety and Survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action. We hope to provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being. The course is 12 hours long, set up over a two-week period. We provide students’ manuals, equipment and students even receive a lifetime membership. Best of all, the city provides this self-defense class free to all women.

R.A.D. Systems: Profile/Why R.A.D.?   R.A.D. Profile The national standard in self defense Instructor Certification, R.A.D. is internationally recognized for programming quality and organizational commitment to excellence. R.A.D. Systems balances the needs of women to acquire self defense education in a relatively short period of time, with the life long commitment required for physical skill mastery. How? By providing short term training opportunities in a progressive building block format, and combining each with R.A.D.’s trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy! Only a unified, extensive network can provide this service, honored nationwide and throughout Canada. While other programs and/or instructors struggle to keep pace, R.A.D. Instructors share life saving information with confidence, knowing that their lessons will be continuously reinforced for a lifetime! Why R.A.D.? R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with over 5000 Instructors receiving training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. has trained over 250,000 women since the program began in 1989. R.A.D. is the only existing program with a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored throughout both the US and Canada. R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. instructors. R.A.D. is the only self defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Lawrence N. Nadeau, Director of Instructional Development and Founder.

What R.A.D. Offers: The listings below are technically what the R.A.D. Systems are, however, R.A.D. Systems is actually a functioning network of dedicated self defense instructors that was established in 1989. This alliance of Instructors believes that self defense should be easy to learn, easy to retain, and relatively easy to employ during real confrontational situations. This alliance believes that self defense training should be accessible and affordable for all women and children. They believe that their efforts to oppose violence will be more effective together, than as individuals. As a network they can assist one another with programs, equipment, references, experiences and insight. But most importantly, they honor each other’s teachings, allowing each of them to give every participant they train, a lifetime return and practice invitation anywhere there is a R.A.D. Program being offered – Cost Free! R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self defense techniques, suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes range from nine to twelve hours in length, depending on the Instructor. R.A.D. Advanced Self Defense Builds on techniques and strategies from the Basic class, and adds defenses against the edged weapon and firearm. This program also covers more prone defense strategies, multiple subject encounters and even low and diffused light simulation exercises. Minimum of twelve (12) hours, fifteen (15) with simulation, for participants who have already completed the Basic Physical Defense Program. Aerosol Defense Options Using the proven R.A.D. Systems philosophy, A.D.O. destroys the myths and manufacturer hype about pepper spray effectiveness and even their ability to deter a Committed Focused Aggressor. Learn the most realistic methods for accessing, deploying and assisting the aerosol defense option; And if it fails to work (and it may), learn the proven backup strategies needed for successful escape. R.A.D. Systems has conducted over 300 video taped live test exposures to various aerosol products with a wide range of delivery systems. Stop believing a manufacturers selling hype, we know what works and what doesn’t through hands on experience. Minimum of two (2) hours for participants. Requires (1) day for instructor level certification, in addition to current Basic Physical Defense Instructor Certification. Keychain Defense Options Continuing to enhance the many options of self defense, this program is for the Instructor who wants to put an impact weapon in the hands of the students they train. The R.A.D. Keychain Defense Options course is one of the only realistic and court-defensible impact weapons programs available for the general public. Combining proven R.A.D. Physical Defense strategies with revolutionary impact weapons defense techniques makes this program a worthy addition to the R.A.D. System. Realistic employment, combat effectiveness, “light impact”, fluid transitions and even simulation training exercises are all part of this program. This program revolves around use of the Kubotan in conjunction with weapon-enhanced physical skills. “No Flash and Trash” techniques here, only the best of the best! Minimum of three (3) hours for participants, four (4) with simulation. Requires one (1) day for instructor level certification, in addition to current Basic Physical Defense Instructor Certification. R.A.D. – Kids If you are looking for a child safety education program that is making a true difference in the lives of children, please take a few moments to call Sgt. Selby at our office. Alexandria Police Department 859-635-4126 or email:

Frequently Asked Questions: 1. Do you need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?

A:  No. This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

2. Is there a program in my area?

A: Please call Officer Natalie Selby:  859-635-4126 or email:

3. What is the cost of a basic program?

A:  At this time the cost is free. Some instructors offer this program as a community service through the local police department. Many colleges and universities offer the RAD program as a credit course. Check with the instructor in your area for more detailed information.

4. Is this program one person’s opinion?

A:  The R.A.D. program as it appears today is a result of the contributions of many R.A.D. instructors across the United States and Canada.

5. How many women have taken this program?

A:  To date, over 250,000 women have attended RAD Basic Physical Defense Program.

6. How long is this program?

A:  The Basic Physical Defense program is a minimum of nine hours up to a semester long for those instructors who teach for college credit.

7. Can I bring my younger daughter with me?

A:  Yes. It is very common for mothers and daughters to attend this program together. In addition to developing and enhancing their options of self-defense, it seems to be a great bonding experience for them.

8. What are the requirements to become an instructor?

A:  Any woman with the desire to share this information with other women may become an Instructor. Men who wish to become R.A.D. Instructors must have a law enforcement background or be willing to submit to a background investigation.

Any further questions, please contact

Sgt. Natalie Selby

8236 West Main Street Alexandria, KY 41001 859-635-4126 Fax 859-635-4123 Email


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“It is more important than ever to find innovative ways to assist law enforcement in protecting our Communities. VIPS is a creative solution that harnesses a very powerful resource – Citizen volunteers, “Attorney General John Ashcraft.”


Since September 11, 2001, the demands on local law enforcement have increased dramatically. As a result, the already limited resources of police agencies are being stretched further than ever at a time when the country needs every available officer out on the beat.

In many jurisdictions around the country, volunteers in their communities have offered their time and skills to local law enforcement agencies.

In 2004, the Alexandria Police Department announced to the community that we were looking for a few good people and we found them. Volunteers in Police Service provides a value-added level of support to our agancy and to our community. Although we are designed and staffed to provide appropriate policing and law enforcement services to the community, there is always more to do! Our volunteers allow our officers to focus on policing and enforcement by taking on these additional duties by providing support to the clerical staff, following up with victims of certain types of crimes and provide them with referrals to other agencies. They participate in citizen patrol programs, where they perform city business checks, vacation checks and back-up our officers by assisting with traffic control or just being another set of trained eyes and ears.

Applicants must pass similar background investigations, drug screening, and interviews as police officers do and they are trained in their assigned task.

Since 2004, our VIPS have worked over 13,641 hours, saving the community over $272,000.00.

Our VIPS personnel work in records, evidence collection, investigations, citizen patrols, victim assistance, tactical and firearms training. They are dedicated and loyal to our agency and community.


We thank them and we don’t know what we ever did without them.

VIPS Application Form 2014


V.I.P.S in Schools
The Primary mission of any law enforcement agency is to protect its citizens and ensure a safe living and working environment through a myriad of methods, all of which originate, at least in part, from the agency’s patrol/uniformed function.  One of these methods uses basic public relations designed to enhance police-community partnerships, which in turn may result in enhanced effectiveness of the police agency.   Establishing a rapport between the agency and the community is paramount to building a solid trusting relationship which may benefit both in an emergency situation.  Ultimately, enhanced police-community partnerships can reap tremendous benefits in terms of community support for agency operations beyond the basic patrol function.

Acts of crime and violence in elementary, middle, and high schools affect not only the individuals involved, but also the educational process, school climate, and community at large.  Recent high-profile shootings and acts of violent bullying in schools have captured media attention.  Many schools across the United States are facing daily challenges in keeping their students and faculty safe from harassment, fighting, and theft.  Law enforcement alone cannot prevent school-based violence and crime.  Providing the safest possible environment for learning and personal development is a shared responsibility of schools, law enforcement, and the community.  The Alexandria Police Department, in partnership with the Campbell County School District has been examining how community members can assist us in promoting school safety and preventing and addressing potential school violence.  As with other volunteer-driven efforts, the purpose of school based volunteer activities is to supplement, rather than supplant the work of paid personnel.

The Alexandria Police Department’s Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) program was established in 2004 in partnership with its citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills.  The programs ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of law enforcement to utilize volunteers through the provision of low-cost resources and assistance.  Since the program’s inception, it has saved the City of Alexandria more than three quarters of a million dollars in labor costs.

Schools with comprehensive violence prevention and response plans involving school administration, law enforcement, and the wider community show improved academic performance, better staff morale, and fewer criminal and violent incidents.  Community volunteers play important roles in implementing and maintaining school-based public safety programs.  Their presence in and around schools enhances public safety and allows the police department to focus on policing and enforcement functions.  Volunteer tasks my include monitoring the arrival and departure of students to and from school, registering and tracking visitors, patrolling school buildings and grounds during and after school hours, and assisting at special events.  Parents, school neighbors, and students can volunteer to accomplish these tasks and build stronger relationships between law enforcement and the school community.


The key to the success of the program is in the selection, recruitment and retention of volunteers.  Volunteers will be asked to commit themselves to the program, the schools, children, and to their community.  The training commitment is one that could be overwhelming, but we believe that there are those who can and will make the cut.

Recruitment will begin with an informational meeting (TBD) providing the volunteer with an opportunity for Q&A.  Topics will include what our background processes are, not limited to a polygraph examination, criminal history, references, etc.  Under normal circumstances we do not polygraph volunteers however, these individuals will be required to work specifically around children and therefore we feel the added level of obvious liability more than justifies the use of such investigative techniques.  The city’s personnel policy shall be followed with respect to drug testing, medical examinations, etc.  Volunteers will be vetted similarly as sworn police officers are, which will insure the integrity of city standards.


Training will consist of our existing 30 hour VIPS course with an additional 10 hours of specific training in the social service elements of our School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  We are hopeful to accomplish this within a 6 week period so our VIPS will be able to start work within the last quarter of the school year.

Training includes:

  • Policy & Procedure
  • Function and operations of a law enforcement agency
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Special Operations / SRO Operations
  • School Safety & Confidentiality
  • Communications
  • Traffic Control
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Use of Force and/or Taser Training
  • Reporting, data collection and retrieval


Within a year of initial training, all volunteers will be asked to attend CERT training in Campbell County.   Civilian Emergency Response Team training is critical in developing community members to assist public safety agencies during times of natural or manmade disasters and is taught in cooperation with the Campbell County Emergency Management Agency.


Kentucky law is very specific; only sworn law enforcement officers have the authority to carry and/or possess firearms on school property.  Therefore, VIPS shall not carry firearms.  This program is designed to provide immediate emergency communication to duty officers in case of pending violence, but more importantly, to provide deterrence of those who might think about committing such acts.


The police department would like to thank Mr. Rodney Henson, a member of our community, for his enthusiasm and dedication to this program.  We would also like to thank Mr. Glen Miller, Superintendent of Campbell County Schools, and Mr. Matt Grosser, Principle of St. Mary School, for their partnership and support.

Because of the dedication of our community, we feel the bar will be set for the rest of the state by providing an added level of protection and support to our schools, which will give parents an added peace of mind.


Potential applicants/recruits for the VIPS in Schools program may download a VIPS application and when a sufficient number are received to begin a class, we will notify you.