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Gary Hibbs, Tactical Instructor 
(DECEASED- E.O.W. 03/12/2021)

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Chicago Police Academy, 1996 – 1996, Metro Basic Full-time Police Course Chicago, IL                                                     


1996 – Present                     

  • Chicago Heights Police Department

  • Patrol the City of Chicago Heights

  • Range Officer 1999- Present

  • CHPD Special Operations Team Leader 1997-2008

  • South Suburban Emergency Response Team 2002-2017


2005 – Present

  • Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute

  • Firearms Instructor


  • Teach Conceal Carry Courses

  • Law enforcement firearms training

  • Teach topics at the SSERT SWAT Academy



I. Firearm Armorer Courses

  • AR-15 Rifle, Colt

  • AR-15 Rifle, Defensive Edge

  • AR-15 Rifle, ILEETA

  • AR-15 Rifle, N.E.M.E.R.T.

  • AR-15 Rifle, Sig-Sauer

  • Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun

  • Mossberg Pump Action Shotgun

  • Remington Pump Action Shotgun

  • 1911 Pistols

  • Glock Pistols

  • Ruger Pistols

  • Sig-Sauer Pistols

  • Smith & Wesson Pistols

  • Springfield XD Pistols

II. SWAT & Tactical Team Operations

  • Advance SWAT, 40 hours, Fulcrum Tactical

  • Advanced Hostage Rescue, 40 hours, CSAT

  • Armored Vehicle Operations, Fulcrum Tactical

  • Ballistic Shield Operator, DEA

  • Dignitary Protection, N.E.M.E.R.T.

  • Distraction Device, Defense Technology

  • Explosive Breaching, T.E.E.S.

  • Explosive Breaching, N.I.P.A.S.

  • High Angle Tactics, Fulcrum Tactical

  • Mechanical Breaching, CSAT

  • Shotgun breaching, CSAT

  • SWAT, 90 hours, South Suburban Emergency Response Team

  • Tactical Rappel Master, FBI SWAT

  • Tactical Team Leader, Fulcrum Tactical

  • Tactical Team Operations, 40 hours Chicago Heights Police Department


III. Defensive Tactics Weapons Instructor Certifications

  • Expandable Baton, Monadnock International

  • Expandable Baton, Peacekeeper International

  • O.C. Pepper Spray, N.E.M.E.R.T.

  • Taser, Taser International



IV. Firearms Instructor Certifications

  • Firearms Instructor Development, N.E.M.E.R.T.

  • Force on Force

  • Handgun/Shotgun, National Rifle Association, Law Enf. Division

  • Illinois approved Concealed and Carry Instructor

  • Low Light Shooting, Kurata Inc.

  • Pistol Instructor, National Rifle Association, Education & Training Div.

  • Range Development & Modern Firearms Training, Action Targets

  • Range Safety Officer, National Rifle Association, Edu. & Training Div.

  • Shoot on Steel, Action Targets

  • Shooting on Steel Instructor Development, Ruag Ammotec USA


V. Miscellaneous:

  • Drug Enforcement Instructor Training Program, Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

  • Effective Supervision for Law Enforcement, College of DuPage
    Suburban Law Enforcement Academy

  • Field Training Officer School, N.E.M.E.R.T.

  • Juvenile Officer, 40 hours, N.E.M.E.R.T.

  • Truck Enforcement, 40 hours, N.E.M.E.R.T.




  •  “Honor Award for Public Service,” American Police Hall of Fame

  •   “Distinguish Expert,” Pistol Qualification Ranking, National Rifle Association

  •   2012 & 2013 “PUBLIC SERVICE” Award, presented by National Rifle Association, at their annual Board of Directors meeting at NRA HQ.

  •   Appeared in numerous published articles and videos produced by the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute

  •  “Outstanding Commendation” award, American Police Hall of Fame

  •  “Commendation Leadership and Dedication” award, South Suburban Emergency Response Team



  • Illinois Tactical Officers Association

  • International Law Enforcement Educators Trainers Association

  • National Rifle Association

  • National Tactical Officers Association

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