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Boone County Sheriff’s Office Training

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce that we will continue to offer training for citizens. We are proud to be one of the few law enforcement agencies in the country that allows citizens to train alongside military and law enforcement.

Our citizens classes, Principles of the Defensive Handgun, will be offered on the following dates. Please contact Elizabeth Lowe at with any questions.

May 20-21, 2023 (Co-ed)

June 10-11, 2023 (Ladies Only)

August 26-27, 2023 (Co-ed)


To register for Principles of the Defensive Handgun, please Click Here.



In addition to our citizen handgun courses, we are again bringing in Steve Tarani, the number one instructor in the country regarding personal security and safety, Dignitary Protection, August 26-27, 2023.

To register for Steve Tarani’s course, please Click Here.


Information on the courses is below.

Again, for any questions regarding any of our classes, contact Elizabeth Lowe at

Principles of the Defensive Handgun

Price: $200


May 20-21, 2023 (Co-ed)

June 10-11, 2023 (Ladies Only)

August 26-27, 2023 (Co-ed)


Course Description:

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is offering a 16 hour “Principles of the Defensive Handgun” course to qualified applicants.  It will be held at the Boone County Sheriff Firearms Range in Lebanon, IN.  In the past, we have had many requests for a ladies only class. Due to these requests, we are offering a “Ladies Only Principles of the Defensive Handgun” course. There is no difference in the curriculum.  It is merely limited to ladies only.  (A small .25 or .22 or .32 or .380 caliber pistol is NOT recommended for this course.  They inhibit the training and learning process.)

This course is designed for the novice to the experienced male or female firearms owner.  The two day course instructs the student in Gun handling, Marksmanship, and most importantly, Mindset.  It is instructed by Major Brian Stevenson, of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, and staff.  Stevenson is the department’s Senior Range Master, a guest Firearms Instructor at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and the former Commander of the Boone County Special Response Team, a multi-agency “SWAT” team. Stevenson has been an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy certified firearms instructor for 20 years and has been teaching this curriculum for many of those years.


Requirements include either a valid Indiana Firearms Permit or Criminal History Report verifying the student as a “Proper Person,” eye and hearing protection, a suitable pistol with at least two magazines, a belt holster, approximately 400 rounds of ammunition, and tuition of $200, $75 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit.  (As there is no fiscal impact on the Department for the course, all costs relating to the course must come from the student tuition’s.)

There will be a 12 student minimum and a 24 student maximum for all Principles of Defensive Handgun classes.

For all Full-Time Boone County Employees and all Local (within Boone County) Law Enforcement Officers there will be no charge for this course.

Once there is a 12 student minimum; there will be a discounted rate for all Full-Time County Employees immediate families (family members living under the same roof) and Local Law Enforcement Officers immediate families (family members living under the same roof). That rate will be $100.00 for the class.

Steve Tarani’s Dignitary Protection Course

August 26-27, 2023

Price $350



Length: 12 hours (two days)

Hours: 09:00 – 12:00, 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch, 13:00-16:00

Facility Requirements: Classroom and Live Fire Range

Course Description: Learn the skills and gain the knowledge of Dignitary Protection. Take advantage of this extremely rare opportunity to learn the functionality and intricacies of Protective Intelligence, High Threat Environments, Protective Operations Planning, Transportation Configurations, AOPs, Response Options, Arrivals and Departures, Evac to Hard Point/ Rally Point(s), Lines of Demarcation, Control of the Principle, and De-confliction.

Designed specifically for U.S. DoD/ L/E application this is a 360 professional hands-on Protective Services approach to doing what it takes to get yourself and your protectee(s) immediately off the “X” and to safety. Applicable to confined/ open-area, ground/ air transport and high-threat area movements, this is an opportunity for you to take home field-vetted techniques, sustainment drills and proven tactics utilized by today’s protection professionals. Superb training in preparation for interagency operations.

Prerequisite: To qualify for this class: You must be able to pass the Bill Wilson 5×5 Handgun Skill Test with a score of 50 or better. All registrants will be tested! No refunds will be issued so please don’t register if you can’t do it! If you do register and fail to pass, then you are welcome to attend the course using your blue gun only but you will not be allowed to shoot.

Course content includes: The fundamentals of Protective Intelligence, Attack Recognition, Threat Assessment, pick-ups, drop-offs, attacks on principal (AOPs), extractions, points of domination, areas of responsibility, protective team member roles and responsibilities, controlled and uncontrolled area movement, attack response scenarios, protective walking formations (diamond, wedge, box, etc.,) AIC/ Protectee linkup, moving with a protectee with a gun out, working entries and exits, engaging multiple active threats and threat avoidance, defusing, de-escalation and defense against single and multiple assailants with protective movement.

About your instructor: Former fulltime CIA employee Steve Tarani specialized in protective programs. He served as a US Defense Intelligence community contractor, is formerly sworn and formerly on staff at the US DOE National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) and Central Training Academy (CTA) at Kirkland Air Force Base (NM).

Steve served on the POTUS 45 pre-election protective detail and remains an advisor to the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), US Department of Defense, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He has published nine books. As a federally certified force options instructor Steve Tarani is a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert (SME) and service provider to high and low-profile US federal agencies and the private sector. Specializing in operational readiness, he is contracted by the US Department of Defense, NAVSOC, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and others.

What to Bring: Attendees must bring a duty pistol, matching holster (no SERPAs allowed on the range), mag pouches, three magazines, 300 rounds, and range kit to include a ball cap, eye and ear protection. All other training implements will be supplied by the training provider.



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