Ron Hantz has been a law enforcement officer since 1993. Ron has attended over 5000 hours of advanced police training in numerous officer survival topics. Ron is a certified field training officer, was a patrol sergeant for five years, and was the Field Training Unit Manager for the Mishawaka Police Department. Ron was also the Training Officer for the Waterloo Police Department (1995-1997), and the Dekalb County Sheriffs Department from 1993-1995.
Bruce Kimbrell spent four years in the United States Army, serving all of this time in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Bruce served 3 tours in Iraq, and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2007. Bruce spent countless hours in combat operations as a heavy weapons operator, breacher, ground force operator, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), and as a member of a Quick Reaction Force (QRF). Bruce worked side by side in combat operations with some of the highest Tier military units in the world.
Bruce has been employed in the nuclear industry for the past 8 years , as a NRA Firearms Instructor. Prior to this Bruce was a Captain for the Security Force to provide target asset protection, and to protect against radiological sabotage. During Bruce's tenure in the Nuclear Industry he assisted in the development and maintained a Adversary Team to test the nuclear facilities vulnerabilities, developed drill scenarios, and implemented the training strategies for the Nuclear Security Force to defend the plant using counter defensive strategies. Bruce also taught the Adversary Force to be skilled in infiltrating and testing possible vulnerabilities within the defensive strategy. Participating in the first pilot program to implement one of the first imbedded security forces into the Local Law Enforcement Agencies, State Police, and Federal Law Enforcement in the event of an attack on the nuclear facility. Bruce has extensive knowledge in testing other nuclear facilities defensive strategies, and evaluating their security forces training programs to find vulnerabilities in counter assault training, tactics, and firearms training.
ROBERT H. BLACK has been a career law enforcement officer for over 41 years. Retired from the Valparaiso Police Department as Assistant Chief after twenty (20) years of service, he worked for sixteen (16) years as a patrol officer, eighteen (18) years as a training officer, trained and commanded the tactical unit, and developed many departmental programs during his career.
20 year veteran of the Butler City Police Department and the Chief of Police for the Woodburn Police Department since 2013.
Randy served as Detective Sergeant and oversees investigations. Randy has more than 38 years martial arts experience including National Honors for Competition and Training. He was the former Indiana Assistant Director of Kickboxing for the PKC for ten years, covering the northern Indiana district.
Don Garab is currently a police officer in Indiana, and formerly was a member of the United States Army. Garab was assigned to the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Division as a Long Range Marksman. Garab is a combat veteran of the Afghanistan war, with extensive actual combat experience. Garab was a member of the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, who were the first Americans to step foot in the Taliban infested Charqh River Valley. Garab's a certified weapons expert, that brings extensive knowledge in tactics and real world combat experience in wooded settings.
Nick Pollaro – Physical Tactics Instructor with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
Nick served for twenty (20) years with the Valparaiso Police Department and retired as the Captain of Patrol prior to going into the private sector. He joined the staff at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in March of 2009. He served his entire tenure at Valparaiso Police Department in the patrol division.
Joe Bastian has served on active duty in the United States Army for 10 years as an infantryman, and has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in combat operations. Joe is a former instructor at the United States Army Sniper School, where he was the primary instructor for stalking, camouflage and concealment, marksmanship, and several other specialized subjects. While serving as an instructor, he taught over 1200 students, and was in charge of a mentor group of over 120 students, from which over 85% graduated as snipers. Joe has conceptualized, designed, and implemented multiple events for the International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. Joe is one of the first service members from the United States to become trained and certified in the operation of Marathon Robotic Human-Type Robotics. Joe received the Sgt. Audie Murphy Award in 2012, and is a member of the Army Sniper Association. Joe will be instructing courses in Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Long Range Marksmanship, Camouflage and Concealment, Urban Operations, and Staling Techniques.
Attorney Tim Cain received his first law degree from Valparaiso University Law School, and his advanced law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Tim has practiced law for more than 31 years, and was a three term elected Prosecuting Attorney for Lagrange County (IN). Tim has experience in over 100 jury trials in both Federal and State Courts, and has won over 90% of these trials.
From 2007 until 2016 Tim was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Noble County (IN).
Tim accepted the Staff Attorney position for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2016, where he currently serves.
Tim has devoted his professional career to defending and training police officers throughout the State of Indiana.
Corporal Tony West is a 3rd generation police officer. He is a 14-year veteran and Medal of Bravery recipient of the Brownsburg Police Department. He currently holds the rank of Corporal and is assigned to the Traffic Unit on a motorcycle. Corporal West’s experience ranges from patrol to a Field Training Officer for 5-years. He was also an ERT Operator for 9-years and specialized as a Sniper for the team for 5-years.