Zirkops Training

Ronald Zirk

Officer Zirk has 22 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, an instructor in Defensive Tactics as well as tactical rifle and pistol. As a Master Instructor he can serve as a subject related expert in related field of expertise and lesson plan development. He is versed in DOE training protocol: (SAT, (PBT), (TSD), (ISD), (LMS).
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

Tennessee State  Licensed Armed / Unarmed Security Guard Instructor

NRA Basic Pistol Instructor

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

Certified Baton Instructor

Certified Less Lethal Aerosol Instructor

Certified Taser Instructor

Chattanooga Police Department Certified Tactical Pistol / Rifle / Shotgun Instructor

Certified SWAT Police Sniper / Advanced / Counter Sniper

Certified SWAT Breacher & Explosive Entery Operator

Certified Tactical Handcuffing & Search Instructor
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


Zirkops Training

Tammy Brannon Zirk

Tammy Zirk is co-owner and operations manager of ZIRKOPS TRAINING LLC. She is also an instructor for the company and holds certifications in each of the disciplines she instructs. She is a certified BLS/CPR and First Aid Instructor as well as a Health and Fitness personal trainer and holds fitness classes on a daily basis. She is licensed and certified as a Tennessee Handgun carry permit instructor and specializes in personal firearms training to include tactical armed response measures.  Along with being certified as an ASP Baton instructor, Tammy is also co-founder and instructor for Xtreme Divas 360 Women’s Self-Defense, a program that addresses the physical protection needs of the modern woman.  Tammy teaches many of the Women’s specialty classes as well as teen and youth firearm and defense training classes starting at age 3.   She instructs private handgun shooting lessons on a daily basis for all ages and skill levels.

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Instructor

AHA  (BLS/CPR/AED/ First Aid Instructor)

ASP Baton Instructor

ASP Tactical Handcuff Instructor

ISSA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

ISSA Specialist in Sports Nutrition

Certified Basic Handgun Instructor

Xtreme Divas 360 Women’s Self Defense Instructor

NRA Certified Range Safety Officer


Robert C. Bissell

Robert’s Story

Instructor Bissell is a Missouri Native who graduated from SW MO State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1978. He was commissioned in the USMC in May 1978 and served in a variety of units and occupational specialties including infantry, logistics and shore party. He left USMC in August 1989 and by September 1989 was on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent assigned to Chattanooga Resident Agency of Knoxville Division. He was assigned as a Criminal Investigator working auto theft rings, violent crime, drug matters and other assignments. He was selected for FBI SWAT in May 1991. That same year he graduated from FBI Scout/Observer Course and in June 1996 was assigned as Assistant Team Leader in the Sniper Section. He was later assigned as Senior Team Leader which he held until his retirement in June 2012. Some of his achievements are as follows: Graduated FBI Firearms Instructor Course,
Conducted 48 Basic/Advanced Sniper/Observer Courses for state and local agencies,
Graduated FBI Tactical Instructor Course,
Graduated FBI Defensive Tactics Course,
Graduated FBI Enhanced Sniper/Observer Course,
Graduated FBI Advanced Firearms Instructor Course,
Graduated FBI Instructor Development Course,
Named as Master Police Instructor by FBI Training Division,
Graduated NRA Precision Rifle Instructor Course.

Randy Raulston

Randy’s Story

Randy Raulston has 22 years of law enforcement experience.  He began his career with the Soddy Daisy Police Department in 1995 and was assigned to the patrol division. In 1996 he became a Tennessee State certified officer graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville. In 1998 he joined the Red Bank Police Department and was assigned to the patrol division. In 2001 Officer Raulston joined the Chattanooga Police Department. Officer Raulston was assigned to the patrol division upon completing the Chattanooga Police Academy and was assigned to the East Chattanooga area. In 2005 he was selected as a member of the department’s Perimeter team and in 2009 he was promoted to the SWAT team. Officer Raulston was awarded Patrol Officer of the year in 2007 and went on to be selected to the Highway Interdiction Team where he served until 2009. In December 2011, he was assigned to the Training Division as a police instructor. While at the Chattanooga Police Department he has completed the Instructor Development Course, Firearms Instructor, Vehicle S.T.O.P.S. Instructor, Redman Instructor, EVOC Instructor, ALERRT Active Shooter Instructor, ALERRT E.R.A.S.E. Instructor, Monadnock Instructor, ASP Instructor, ASP Handcuff Instructor, ASP Flashlight Instructor, CPR Instructor, Radar/Lidar Instructor, Less Lethal and Impact Ammunition Instructor, Basic and Advanced SWAT school, Ballistic Breacher’s course, Level One Sniper Course, Emergency Medical Technician Course (EMT), and he has been certified as a Field Training Officer. Instructor Raulston also serves as one of the departments FTO Coordinators.


Zirkops Training 6212 Highway 58

Chattanooga TN 37341 (423) 244 8836