Advanced STOPS Instructors Tactical Live Fire, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office - ASI2024-01

Advanced STOPS Instructors Tactical Live Fire, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office - ASI2024-01
From November 25, 2024 08:00
until November 25, 2024 16:00

About this course

“We don’t rise to the level
of our expectations; we fall to the level
of our training.” —Archilochus.


Course Overview
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Advanced STOPS Instructors Tactical Live Fire (1 Day)
Potential Students attending this training must be certified Strategies & Tactics of Patrol Stops Instructors.  This advanced-level class will be physically and mentally challenging, and the STOPS Instructor must overcome multiple obstacles to win the battle.


What will the student learn?

  • Approach patterns on traffic stops, concentrating on dynamics of utilizing angles to counter assaults.
  • Environment and bystander awareness (terrain concerns and escape avenues), controlling space.
  • How to escape from Ambush Positions.
  • How to determine between a Low-Risk and Unknown-Risk traffic stop.
  • Proper placement of violator(s) and backup units.
  • Case law pertinent to police use of force vehicle stops.

What will the STOPS Instructor be required to do?

  • Apply tactics learned during STOPS certification and successfully make shoot or don’t shoot decisions while overcoming fatigue and a stressful training atmosphere.
  • Determine and make adjustments between a Low-Risk and Unknown-Risk traffic stop.
  • Ability to be confronted by single and multiple opponents in a realistic scenario for police officers while utilizing force-on-force training weapons.
  • Maintain a controlled environment while bystanders attempt to distract, record, and control a traffic stop.
  • Consider multiple threats simultaneously, making split-second decisions within the Graham Standard of objectively reasonable force.  This training method increases the real-world dynamics of continually evolving high-stress situations.
  • Examine their mindset and identify areas where they hesitate physically and psychologically during high-stress scenarios.
  • Successfully address threat(s), gain compliance or control, and maintain situational awareness and mental clarity during these practical exams.
  • This course is a hands-on outdoor activity to keep the student engaged and interested in learning concepts to enhance their ability to seek out the criminal element, quickly identify it, and be prepared if a lethal force encounter occurs.
  • Required to bring 100 rounds of target ammunition for their duty weapon

Course Breakdown

Train Hard * Train to Win

Course Intensity
This course is very high level and will challenge the student to consider their personal, physical, and psychological vulnerability and then adapt to overcome any adversity or threat they are approached with.

Physically Demanding
A.S.I.L.F. is a tactical course that will require high levels of physical exertion.  You will leave dirty, exhausted, and ultimately fired up about what you just completed!

Mentally Challenging
This course will challenge the student to fight physically and mentally without ceasing during scenarios that they may feel are too intense or overwhelming.  They will use techniques and mental mindsets to expand their understanding of tactical counters to life-threatening situations.

Core Building
The students will be given proven techniques to counter assaults that will mentally and physically prepare them for victory in battle if implemented as instructed.

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Student Take Away

  • A greater understanding of strategies and tactics to counter vehicle approach ambushes and planned assaults on officers.
  • Identified core techniques to identify, improve, and master their tactical skills, leaving them prepared for victory.
  • Proven training that imparts very tactical mindsets and movements into a student-level course for successfully applying these strategies to real-world police encounters.

Course Accreditation/Certification/Completion

  • The student will receive a certificate of course completion.

Course Hours

  • (1 day) 7-hour course.
  • No Re-certification is required.

Required Course Equipment

Attending students will need to be enrolled individually and online.  The student must provide proof of employment by credentials, work-verified email, or authorization from their agency’s training coordinator.  All students must be on duty and not forced to attend the training course.  Students will be required to complete several liability waivers.

Students are required to bring the following equipment with them to class.

  • 100 rounds of training ammo for their duty-issued handgun.  
  • Department-issued or approved bulletproof vest that is valid.
  • O.S.H.A. approved Eye and ear protection.
  • Duty positioning of their weapon, either full belt or side holster, must be what they wear daily.  This training is for how they encounter assailants daily, so uniform of the day (weapon placement only) is required.     

**No live weapons, chemical agents, or intermediate weapons are allowed in the training area before inspection and cleared by the range safety instructor**


  • Ron Hantz

    Ron Hantz


    • Master Instructor Trainer for the Strategies & Tactics of Patrol Stops Officer Survival Program. (1 of 3 promoted to this status, out of nearly 4500 S.T.O.P.S Instructors in the United States).
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    • Vice President of Mishawaka Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 96