HITS pride ourselves with providing the most qualified
instructors available. Our instructors are unquestionably experts in all areas of criminal patrol
and drug interdiction. We hand pick our instructors based upon their professionalism as well as
training. Our officers bring a wealth of information to the table that they are more than willing
to share with other fellow officers.
Please click on a name below to view the instructor’s Bio
Ronnie Stiltner Instructor / HITS Owner
Ronnie has extensive experience in criminal patrol making hundreds of felony arrests and seizures. He has seized thousands of pounds of illegal drugs and millions of dollars from drug traffickers during his career with the most significant seizures to date being: 8,085 pounds of marijuana on a single commercial vehicle stop, 20 pounds of black tar heroin on a single stop, 30 pounds of methamphetamine on a single stop, and more than $9,912,000.00 (9.9 million) on a single commercial vehicle stop. He is an expert on vehicle contraband concealment methods being utilized by suspects.
Ronnie is also credited with apprehending numerous violent felons of which include two separate traffic stops resulting in the apprehension of two Capital Murder suspects, both of which were later convicted and removed from society. In fact, on one of those occasions he solved a murder that had just occurred. He has also solved numerous other crimes such as burglaries, robberies, vehicle thefts, thefts, missing persons, prison escapee, and even a sexual assault, while conducting traffic stops and utilizing effective interview skills.
Ronnie has been directly involved in the implementation of three successful criminal patrol programs. He has previous experience as a criminal patrol supervisor. As a supervisor he continued to work in the field right along with his fellow officers.
Ronnie has an instructor license issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). To date he has given instruction to thousands of fellow police officers on criminal patrol and related topics. His teaching experience includes providing instruction at the Regional Counter-drug Training Academy (RCTA) located on the Naval Air Station in Meridian Mississippi, the Midwest Counter-drug Training Center (MCTC) located at Camp Dodge in Des Moines Iowa, and the Multi-jurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) located at St. Petersburg College in Florida. He is an owner-partnership of HITS, Inc. with friend and criminal patrol partner Billy Sides.
Ronnie has received several awards and recognition for past criminal patrol successes. Prior to law enforcement he served more than 6 years in the United States Air Force.
Billy Sides Instructor / HITS Owner
Billy has extensive experience in criminal patrol making hundreds of arrests and seizures during his career. He has seized thousands of pounds of illegal drugs and several million dollars of United States currency from drug trafficking organizations. His most notable single seizure to date is 6,245 pounds of marijuana from a commercial motor vehicle stop. He has worked with local, state, and federal authorities in the investigations of large narcotic trafficking organizations within the United States. He has apprehended two suspects that were transporting 48 illegal immigrants across the country in the back of a commercial truck, with lead to the Federal prosecution of both suspects and possibly saving several lives in the process. Billy is also credited with initiating criminal investigations relating to fraud, identity theft, and auto thefts that originated from traffic enforcement patrol stops. He is directly responsible for uncovering multi-state criminal organizations due to those stops. Billy has courtroom experience testifying in criminal patrol and drug related cases at the local, state, and federal levels.
Billy supervised a criminal patrol team that constantly rated in the top five of the Texas Narcotics Control Program. He worked in the field right along side his fellow officers during his tenure as a supervisor.
Billy is a certified peace officer instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). He has given instruction to thousands of fellow peace officers on criminal patrol and related topics. He is co-owner with his full-time partner and friend Ronnie Stiltner in their company HITS, Inc.
Billy has received several awards and recognition for past criminal patrol successes during his career. He received a Certificate of Commendation from the Texas Office of the Governor in 1997 for outstanding performance of duty. He received the Midland Texas Crime-Stoppers Officer of the Year Award in 1999 along with his K-9 Reno. He received an Outstanding Service Medal from the Director of the Texas Narcotics Control Program in 2001. Billy continues to serve the community by training fellow officers and teaching schoolteachers and faculty the signs of drug use among students.
Nate McVicker Instructor / Associate
Nate McVicker has been recognized by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (USDOT-FMCSA) through the Drug Interdiction Assistance Program (DIAP), the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for his success and dedication in criminal interdiction and has been the recipient of numerous awards. He has also received numerous awards from his own department for his criminal interdiction success. He has been in a national training video “Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld” where he discusses Saints one may encounter related to drug and currency trafficking. Nate McVicker is a moderator for the Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) program through the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiative.
Nate McVicker is a certified criminal interdiction instructor for DIAP, EPIC, several local training units, his state police academy and for the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers’ Association (IDEOA). He is also a training coordinator for the IDEOA. He continues to instruct courses for the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC) and the Multi-Jurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training center (MCTFT). He is considered a subject matter expert through DIAP and EPIC in the field of criminal interdiction. He is a certified, professional expert in subconscious communication and an expert in interviewing and interrogation and deciphering body language.
Troy Wall Instructor / Associate
Troy holds an advanced certificate, the highest police certification, from the Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), Oklahoma’s certifying authority for law enforcement. Troy is also a CLEET instructor, educating hundreds of Oklahoma law enforcement officers in highway interdiction and concealment techniques. Troy has also instructed on a national level for the Regional Organized Crime Intelligence Center (ROCIC). Troy has extensive courtroom experience, testifying numerous times in both state and federal court and has been recognized as an expert on criminal interdiction and drug smuggling techniques. Troy also serves as a board member on the Oklahoma state drug dog advisory council.
During Troy’s tenure as a highway interdictor, he has seized thousands of pounds of illegal narcotics and over 3 million dollars in drug-related currency. Some of the most-notable seizures are twenty-four pounds of methamphetamine (ICE) in a single stop; ten pounds of powder heroin in a single stop; and one hundred thirty-nine pounds of ecstasy (over two hundred thousand dosage units) in a single stop. Many of Troy’s interdiction stops were turned into controlled deliveries, resulting in the arrests of the intended recipients of the drugs as well as seizure of their assets.
Troy’s awards include the Oklahoma Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Medals of Valor and Meritorious Service; the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers Regional Canine Team of the Year; DIAP/EPIC award for largest US seizure of ecstasy in 2005; and the DEA award for significant contributions to drug enforcement.
Prior to Troy’s law enforcement career, he served in the US Army and Oklahoma National Guard for ten years. He also received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1997.
Stacy McElroy Instructor / Associate
During his time with the Collinsville Police Department he has made several significant seizures and other criminal arrests. Officer McElroy has seized and been involved in investigations resulting in the seizure of thousands of pounds of narcotics and hundreds of thousands of dollars in US Currency. He has also apprehended several fugitives from justice including an escaped convict and a subject wanted for Attempted Murder and Distribution of Crack Cocaine. Officer McElroy has located several hidden compartments on vehicles during consent and probable cause searches. He frequently assists other agencies with the use of his canine partner. He has been summoned by other agencies to assist in the search of vehicles due to his knowledge of hidden compartments.
Officer McElroy is an instructor for the Mobile Police Training Services and has taught hundreds of officers in the field of Aggressive Criminal Patrol since 2005 for several Mobile Training Units throughout Illinois. He has also taught the same topic in other states consisting of Vermont, Missouri, Indiana and Fairfax County Virginia. Officer McElroy is a member of the National Criminal Enforcement Association and has recently been selected by the NCEA Board Members to be the Illinois State Representative. In 2009 Officer McElroy and a partner of his at the Collinsville Police Department received the National Street Level Interdiction Team of the Year through the National Criminal Enforcement Association.