HITS Instructors

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.

Billy Sides
Billy Sides Instructor / HITS Owner
Billy began his law enforcement career in 1996 after spending seventeen years working in the oilfields of west Texas. Initially hired by a sheriff’s office, it did not take long for others to notice his work ethic and natural talent in law enforcement especially in the area of proactive policing. Billy’s maturity and abilities were quickly realized by other agencies and in a matter of months of starting his policing career, an area drug task force recruited him, and soon after that he was promoted to lieutenant. Billy worked criminal patrol as well as initiated or participated in knock-and-talk investigations, execution of search warrants, buy-busts, and organized crime cases. Around the year of 2000, he moved to Abilene Texas and went to work for the crime task force in that area continuing his proactive career in crime fighting.

In 2004 a district attorney in an adjacent county wanted to do something to address the inflating crime issues within his three county prosecutorial jurisdictions. His goal was to form a small team of officers that could address crime issues within his jurisdiction that were going unchecked. The agencies within the impact area lacked the manpower, expertise, as well as the equipment to address these issues. He approached Billy and a fellow co-worker Ronnie Stiltner due to their law enforcement backgrounds. They both agreed to take on the endeavor and shortly afterwards a two-man team was formed. Though addressed as a district attorney’s office criminal investigator, Billy does not work in an office setting. His job is in the field, out in the streets fighting crime. Depending on the case or investigation, he may be in a uniform in a marked patrol unit one minute and then change into plain clothes and a personal vehicle the next. The investigations may be self-initiated or at the request of another agency. His expertise is very broad. His knowledge and practical experience in investigative disciplines is vast either from a patrol perspective or from an investigators standpoint.

Billy holds an instructor certification issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCOLE). To date he has provided instruction to thousands of fellow law enforcement officers throughout the United States on law enforcement related topics. He is also a principle holder of HITS Inc., a law enforcement training company responsible for developing and instructing specific training courses.

Ronnie Stiltner
Ronnie Stiltner Instructor / HITS Owner
Ronnie began his law enforcement career in 1991 after serving more than six years in the United States Air Force. He began his career with the Abilene Texas Police Department where he spent six years working a high crime area of the city were drugs, weapons, and vice crimes were prevalent. He had a knack for working street level crime as a patrol officer, which led to hundreds of arrests and convictions. This vast experience allowed him to be included in special operations targeting rival gang activities as well as specific drug operations and crime suppression. The area crime task force recruited him in 1998. As a task force member, he worked criminal patrol as well as initiated or participated in knock-and-talk investigations, execution of search warrants, buy-busts, and organized crime cases. He was also the supervisor of the highway criminal interdiction team.

In 2004 a district attorney in an adjacent county wanted to do something to address the inflating crime issues within his three county prosecutorial jurisdictions. His goal was to form a small team of officers that could address crime issues within his jurisdiction that were going unchecked. The agencies within the impact area lacked the manpower, expertise, as well as the equipment to address these issues. He approached Ronnie and a fellow co-worker Billy Sides due to their law enforcement backgrounds. They both agreed to take on the endeavor and shortly afterwards a two-man team was formed. Though addressed as a district attorney’s office criminal investigator, Ronnie does not work in an office setting. His job is in the field, out in the streets fighting crime. Depending on the case or investigation, he may be in a uniform in a marked patrol unit one minute and then change into plain clothes and a personal vehicle the next. The investigations may be self- initiated or at the request of another agency. His expertise is very broad. His knowledge and practical experience in investigative disciplines is vast either from a patrol perspective or from an investigators standpoint.

Ronnie holds an instructor certification issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCOLE). To date he has provided instruction to thousands of fellow law enforcement officers throughout the United States on law enforcement related topics. He is also a principle holder of HITS Inc., a law enforcement training company responsible for developing and instructing specific training courses.

Troy Wall
Troy Wall Instructor / Associate
Troy Wall is the Chief Investigator for the 21st Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, serving a three-county area in central Oklahoma. Prior to his current position, Troy was an Agent-in-Charge at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) stationed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Troy retired from the OBN in 2019 after serving over twenty years in numerous capacities that included several years of undercover work and over sixteen years as a K9/Interdiction agent with the last twelve years as the team’s supervisor.

Troy has been a HITS associate instructor since 2010 and 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) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). 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 served as a board member, vice-chairman and chairman of the Oklahoma State Drug Dog Advisory Council from 2009 to 2019.

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 Bureau of Narcotics Distinguished Service Award; 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
Stacy McElroyInstructor / Associate
Stacy McElroy began his law enforcement career in 1998 and is currently a patrolman with the Gulf Shores Alabama Police Department. He is assigned to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Operations Unit and works a single purpose narcotics detector K9. He began to focus his career on both inner city criminal enforcement as well as interstate criminal interdiction when he was hired with the Collinsville Illinois Police Department in 2004. He served there as a patrol officer, K9 handler and a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration. During his 19 years of service Officer McElroy has been named Patrolman of the Month numerous times and Patrolman of the Year on two occasions. He also earned the Top Gun Award for the most self-initiated felony arrests in a single year under the department’s Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) program on two occasions.

During his career 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 over two million dollars in US Currency. He has also apprehended several fugitives from justice including an escaped convict and a subject wanted for Aggravated Murder. Officer McElroy has located numerous secret compartments in vehicles which contained illegal narcotics and illicit United States Currency. He has been summoned by other agencies to assist in the search of vehicles due to his knowledge of hidden compartments.

Officer McElroy is a Board Member for the National Criminal Enforcement Association. He is certified as a Master Interdictor through the National Criminal Enforcement Association.

Anthony Moore
Anthony MooreInstructor / Associate
Anthony Moore is a Sr. Agent at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) stationed in Oklahoma City, Ok. Anthony has been with OBN since 2012. He serves in the Special Operations Division as a member of the K9 Highway Interdiction team.

Anthony is a nationally certified police K9 Trainer in the areas of Scent Detection, Apprehension, Tracking, and serves as OBN’s K9 trainer.
Anthony is an advanced instructor for (CLEET) Oklahoma’s certifying authority for law Enforcement. He is a member of the CLEET K9 Advisory Board and is a certifying official for the CLEET K9 program. Anthony is recognized as an expert in K9 Interdiction, K9 law and has extensive courtroom experience testifying in major Interdiction and Drug Smuggling cases on the State and Federal level.

Anthony has been recognized by the State and nationally numerous times for his Criminal Interdictions that include; narcotics, mobile meth labs, currency, after market compartments and known wanted terrorist. Some of his most notable seizures are 1.1 Million in US Currency seized from a Commercial Motor Vehicle during a cold traffic stop that lead to the forfeiture of the currency, the CMV, and one other vehicle involved in the stop, intercepting an Iraqi National and ISIS member during a traffic stop, 5oz of KHAT that lead to the arrest of 6 Somali Nationals operating a multi-million dollar KHAT smuggling ring. All six were members of a Somali based terror organization “Al Shabaab” and had been operating in the United States for over a year. Not to mention the numerous narcotic interdictions that have been prosecuted on the state and federal levels.
Anthony’s awards include The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics “Agent of the Year“, The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics “Agent of the Quarter“, Multiple National Criminal Enforcement Assoc. awards that include “Interdictor of the Month”, Terrorist Apprehension award winner and the award for the most Khat seized in the United States. The Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers “Regional Canine Team of the Year”, recognition from the DEA, HSI and numerous state and national long range precision shooting championships and awards.

Darin Morgan
Darin Morgan Instructor / Associate
Darin Morgan started his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Norman Police Department. Darin serves as a Detective for the police department. In 2004, Darin was assigned as a Detective in the Special Investigations Division working narcotics related cases. He helped develop the Norman Police Criminal Interdiction/ K-9 Unit in 2006, focusing on Interstate 35 in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. In 2014, Darin was assigned to the 21st Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force serving a three county area in central Oklahoma. Darin currently works criminal interdiction on I-35, I-44 and on I-40 in central Oklahoma.
During Darin’s tenure working highway interdiction, he has seized thousands of pounds of illegal narcotics and over 5 million dollars in drug-related currency. Some of Darin’s most notable seizures to date are cold stops of 1,262 pounds of liquid methamphetamine located in a semi diesel tank, which was the largest methamphetamine seizure in Oklahoma, 88 pounds of methamphetamine located in an electronic compartment and $376,000.00 in drug related currency. Darin prides himself in networking with law enforcement around the country and is focused on furthering seizure investigations that started on the side of the road.
Over the past twenty years Darin has accumulated over 2,500 hours of police training. Over 1,000 hours of that has been specialized training relating to criminal interdiction, interviews and interrogations, financial crimes, and drug detection K-9 and search and seizure. Darin has receive specialized training from the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers (A-ONE), the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), the Drug Interdiction Assistance Program (DIAP), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD), the Highway Interdiction Training Specialist (HITS), Desert Snow phases I, II, III and IV, Global Counter-Smuggling Training Consultants, Battle Born K-9, Diamondback Tactical CMV Training and from the Regional Counter Drug Training Academy (RCTA). Darin is certified as an instructor with the Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), Oklahoma’s certifying authority for law enforcement. Darin also has extensive courtroom experience, testifying in both state and federal court.
In addition to working criminal interdiction, Darin has worked 14 years as a SWAT team member, a field training officer, a law enforcement driver training instructor (LEDT) and a K-9 handler for the Norman Police Department. Darin has received numerous awards from the Norman Police Department, DEA and the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers (AONE). Some of the most notable awards Darin has received are the AONE’s K-9 team of the year 2010-2011 with K-9 LUX, the Norman Police Department’s Officer of the Year 2016 and the AONE’s K-9 team of the year 2017-2018 with K-9 KILO.
Derek Montgomery
Derek MontgomeryInstructor / Associate
Derek is a licensed attorney who has a heart for public service and law enforcement. Derek served the public as an Assistant District Attorney and as a Briefing Attorney with a Texas Court of Appeals. He also serves as an elected school board member and in several leadership capacities for his church. He comes from a long line of law enforcement. His brother is a police detective, and their family includes several prior sheriffs, (including the first Sheriff of Nolan County, Texas), police officers, sheriff’s deputies and a Texas Ranger.

Derek is currently a partner with a large law firm, (he does not defend criminals), but still represents the State in cases on appeal and serves as “special prosecutor” when appointed for certain criminal cases. As a felony prosecutor, Derek represented the state of Texas in numerous bench and jury trials. His experience includes cases for murder, engaging in organized criminal activity, money laundering, manufacture/delivery of controlled substances, intoxication manslaughter, aggravated robbery, robbery, burglary of a habitation and varying levels of possession of controlled substances. In his civil practice, Derek practices in state and federal courts throughout Texas. He has handled litigation and appellate matters in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio and Wyoming.

Derek graduated in 2001 from Texas A & M with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and received his Law Degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., cum laude in 2006.

Derek has received several honors throughout his career to include Texas Super Lawyer, “Up-and-coming 100: 2017 Texas Rising Stars”, Texas Super Lawyer, “Up-and-coming 100: 2018 Texas Rising Stars”, Texas Super Lawyer, “Up-and-coming 100: 2019 Texas Rising Stars”, Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2009-2019) and Bob Black Bar Leadership Award (2019). His admissions include State Bar of Texas, 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. Derek’s affiliations include the Midland, Tarrant and Nolan County Bar Associations and the Texas District and County Attorney Association.

Dakota Cook
Dakota CookInstructor / Associate
Dakota Cook began his career in law enforcement in 2010 with the Norman Police Department. Working nightshift and afternoon shift Dakota was a proactive patrol officer for several years and was transferred to the departments Special Investigations Section in 2015. This unit is a small but efficient group of detectives that handles a wide range of cases but has a primary focus on narcotics enforcement. While working in the Special Investigations Section, Dakota has been involved in cases ranging from narcotics trafficking, homicide, crimes against children, stolen property, firearms, and gang related offenses.

Dakota has vast experiences in working undercover during controlled buys of narcotics and stolen property. Dakota is a Norman Police Department SWAT team member where he has served since 2012 and leads an entry team element.

Dakota holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Officer status and is a certified instructor with the Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). Dakota has attended training from the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers (A-One) and narcotics enforcement training from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Dakota was a recipient of the Norman Police Departments officer of the year award, Cleveland County Crime stoppers Award, and the National Association of Police Organizations Top Cop Honorable Mention due to his work on an investigation where a violent street gang was dismantled and charged with racketeering crimes.

Dakota holds a commission with Homeland Security Investigation as a Task Force Officer in Oklahoma City with a group that focuses on Narcotics, firearms, and violent gangs and as such has worked investigations and testified extensively at both the state and federal level. Dakota’s experiences and investigations have led to the successful conviction of hundreds of criminals.

Joel Hoover
Joel HooverInstructor/Associate
Joel began his career in 1991 at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. During that time, he attended Tarleton State University. In 1998 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

In 1998 Joel became employed with the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Department which is located just east of Dallas on Interstate 30. At Rockwall County Joel quickly developed a skill set for encountering large amounts of narcotics and currency flowing to and from Texas to the eastern seaboard. Joel was quickly recruited to the S.T.O.P. Narcotics Task Force based in Johnson County just south of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. The S.T.O.P Narcotics Task Force was part of the Texas Narcotics Control Program which afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively to other jurisdictions to work and teach.
Joel has made significant seizures on every major drug thoroughfare in the State of Texas with the exception of I-40.

In 2004, Joel moved to the Regional Narcotics Task Force which was based south of San Antonio. This unit encompassed 11 counties that stretched from San Antonio south towards the Rio Grande Valley. In 2006, funding for all T.N.C.P. Task Forces were cut and most were disbanded. Joel returned to Rockwall County Sheriff’s Department where he became a patrol Sergeant. In 2017 Joel was approached by Tully Yount who was representing a group of North Texas Sheriffs. Joel was asked to assist Yount in forming an interdiction team in North Texas designed to combat the flow of bulk narcotics, human smuggling and other criminal activity flowing in and out of the Dallas- Ft. Worth Area. Joel is currently a key member of the North Texas Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction team, which is one of the most aggressive narcotics teams in the State of Texas.

Throughout his career Joel has made countless seizures totaling over 5 tons of various narcotics and over 3 million dollars in currency. His investigations have led to arrests across the United States and into South America. In 2017 Joel was awarded with Interdiction Officer of the Year by the Texas Narcotics Officers Association.