E-burg Cop provides time and training to keep children safe on their own

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Exceeding student expectations lands one of Ellensburg’s top cops in the Hall of Fame.

We send our kids to college to learn things like math, history, statistics, and life…but these campus life statistics are appalling and unacceptable.

Sexual violence on campus is rampant

According to a study on sexual violence on campuses:

  • 13% of all students experience rape or sexual assault by physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).2

  • Among graduate and professional students, 9.7% of women and 2.5% of men are victims of rape or sexual assault by physical force, violence or incapacitation.2

  • Among undergraduate students, 26.4% of women and 6.8% of men are victims of rape or sexual assault by physical force, violence or incapacitation.2

  • 5.8% of students have been bullied since entering college.2

The CWU takes a proactive approach

How is it possible ? What can be done? Is anyone trying to help prevent this? The answer is of course yes, people are trying to help but one man in particular has been recognized for his efforts and that man is Central Washington University (CWU) Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch.

the international organization of systems of rape, aggression and defense (RAD) named the CWU leader to the RAD Hall of Fame for his 19 years of service as an instructor and trainer of instructors. According to Berthon-Koch, RAD systems can be described as a female empowerment course teaching women of all ages that they have the power to take control of any situation with confidence.

Chief Jason Berthon-Koch joins a prestigious group of program veterans from around the world who have dedicated themselves to teaching women situational awareness skills and self-defense techniques designed to keep them safe.

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Chief Berthon Koch:

It’s really nice to be recognized by an organization like RAD for which I have developed so much respect over the years… To be individually recognized for this work means a lot, but this award would not be possible without the commitment and dedication to this training by my fellow CWU officers. The program would not be what it is without their help and dynamism.

“Self-defense is 90% an education.”

As a young CWU police officer in 2003, Berthon-Koch sought a program that would allow him to support members of his community, especially students when the police were not present, in a way different from his daily life. day work. He became an instructor-trainer in 2012 and has worked with over 500 instructors statewide since then.

Practical applications

The training course begins with an educational discussion that includes risk reduction strategies, which explores different risk reduction scenarios, such as what to do when you are home alone and there is a knock on the door , or what to do if you’re alone on the highway and your car breaks down.

Through her work with RAD, Berthon-Koch has earned the admiration of thousands of members of the CWU and Ellensburg community over the years. Now he has been officially recognized by his colleagues in the United States and around the world.

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