By Michelle Rodriguez, Accounts Receivable Specialist, Business Office
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Career Staff Association was thrilled to welcome Officer Derwin Bradley of the Orlando Police Department (OPD), to lead us through a self-defense workshop.
During Officer Bradley’s presentation, we were able to recognize some not-so-obvious patterns that criminals use to target their victims, as well as how to react during an assault. With the assistance of Mike Favorit, manager of security, West Campus, Officer Bradley demonstrated a series of blocks and counterattacks meant to help a victim survive an attack.
Participants were instructed on how to stand and react to “attacks” using various blocks. The purpose was not to learn how to fight but rather to protect yourself in order to survive an assault.
He was very encouraging and informative. The sentiment of those in attendance was that they would definitely like to attend the full two-hour workshop in order to learn more self-defense techniques.
A 20-year veteran of OPD, Officer Bradley has trained soldiers, government agents, police officers and civilians in self-defense techniques for more than 30 years. We are thankful for the time that he took to educate and enlighten our group and look forward to the next opportunity to learn ways to protect ourselves.
Your West Campus Career Staff Association provides staff development, community outreach and service, and addresses career staff employee concerns. Meetings are generally held the third Wednesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. in Building 6, Room 202. Please make plans to join us. We look forward to seeing you.