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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Jeramy has become an expert in locating and identifying hidden compartments in passenger motor vehicles and commercial buses. In 2014, one of Jeramy’s busts was aired on Fox News during a “cold” interdiction stop, resulting in the seizure of 111 pounds of methamphetamine from a compartment built inside a gas tank of a passenger vehicle. Jeramy prides himself in making self-initiated traffic stops and works all his criminal interdiction cases from start to finish. This has given Jeramy a wealth of knowledge in search warrants, felony arrest warrants, civil asset forfeitures, case law and other valuable assets. Due to his hard work in criminal interdiction, Jeramy has produced hundreds of criminal cases, seizing millions of dollars in drug-related currency, and more than one ton of narcotics.
Jeramy has received multiple awards for his success in interdiction to include, Texas Narcotics Reginal Officer of the year through TNOA, a Unit Citation Award, and an Award for Excellence.
Jeramy currently holds an instructor license through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, (TCOLE), and actively teaches others in the interdiction community.
Prior to his Law Enforcement career, Jeramy served in the United States Army Infantry for three and a half years with the 2-5 CAV, 1ST Cavalry Regiment. His commitment to his country included an overseas combat deployment in Baghdad, Iraq where he received multiple awards for his service.
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.
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 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.