Zirkops Instructors

Ronald Zirk

Officer Zirk has 24 years of law enforcement experience in conjunction with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He began his career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer. While at the jail, he was a member of the SRT Team, the Corrections I.D. Specialist and instructed numerous training classes.

In 2002, he was transferred to the patrol division and graduated as Class President of Class 993 at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. He went on to join the Tennessee Highway Patrol as a State Trooper and graduated from the THP Training Academy as Class President of Class 602.

In 2005 he joined the Chattanooga Police Department and graduated from the academy as Class President of CPD Class 2005-1. He was first assigned to the patrol division and worked Fox team which is the East Lake area of the city.

Officer Zirk was awarded the Rookie of the Year in 2007. In May of 2008, he was selected as a member of the Chattanooga SWAT team and served as a breacher and sniper. In September of 2008, he was assigned to the Training Division as a police instructor. During his time with the department he has completed the Instructor Development Course, and he has been certified as a Field Training Officer, and an instructor in Defensive Tactics as well as tactical rifle and pistol. As a Master Instructor, he can serve as an expert in related fields of expertise and lesson plan development. In addition, he is versed in DOE training protocol: (SAT, (PBT), (TSD), (ISD), (LMS).  He is an Advanced Use of Force Analyst and serves as a Use of Force consultant on a regular basis for the City of Chattanooga and attorneys across the state.


  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga-Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice/Dean’s List
  • Chattanooga State Technical Community College-Adjunct Professor
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Certification
  • American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (Tactical Medical) Certification
  • Mental Health Crisis Management Certification
  • C.I.T. (Crisis Intervention Team) Train the Trainer-Instructor
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute-Medical Services Operations and planning Certification
  • EMS Operations and planning/Weapons of Mass Destruction Certification
  • US D.O.E. Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Emergency Preparedness-Train the Trainer-Instructor
  • FEMA (NIMS-National Incident Management System) IS-00700
  • FEMA (BICS-Basic Incident Command System) IS-195
  • FEMA (Introduction to the Incident Command System) IS-00100.LE
  • FEMA (ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents) IS-0200
  • Mark 1 / Nerve Agent-Instructor
  • USDOJ Center for Domestic Preparedness WMD Response (100) Certification
  • Prichard Safety HazMat/WMD for Health Care Providers Certification
  • TN Fire Service & Code Enforcement Academy / National Incident Management System-(FF177)
  • University of Tennessee MTAS (Level 1) Municipal Management Academy Certification
  • University of Tennessee Train-the-Trainer (T3 Course)
  • University of North Florida / Public Safety Institute-Recruitment, Managing, Motivating & Retaining-Certification
  • Tennessee Police Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Master Instructor
  • Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (T.L.E.T.A.) Advanced Instructor
  • Tennessee Police Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor
  • Cooper Institute Certified Fitness Specialist Instructor
  • Chattanooga Police Field Training Officer / Instructor
  • Advanced Use of Force Analyst
  • Tennessee State Licensed Armed / Unarmed Security Guard Instructor
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
  • Certified Baton Instructor
  • Certified Tactical Handcuffing & Search Instructor
  • Certified Less Lethal Aerosol Instructor
  • Certified Taser Instructor
  • De-Escalation Tactics Instructor
  • Safe Restraint Techniques Instructor
  • First Aid, CPR, AED Instructor
  • Chattanooga Police Department Certified Tactical Pistol / Rifle / Shotgun Instructor
  • Certified SWAT Police Sniper / Advanced / Counter Sniper
  • Certified SWAT Breacher & Explosive Entry Operator
  • Tennessee State Firearms Instructor / TN Handgun Carry Permit Instructor / Train the Trainer
  • A.F.I.S. (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System) / Identification Specialist Certification
  • T.B.I. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) Incident-Based Reporting Data Collection Certification
Tammy Zirk
Manager / Instructor

Robert C. Bissell

Aaron Yeargan

Charles “Chuck” Smith

Rhonda Keith – Instructor

Zirkops Security and Training

6212 Highway 58,  Chattanooga TN 37341

423-710-3170     info@zirkops.com