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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.


April 20-21 (Co-ed)

May 18-19 (Ladies Only)

June 22-23 (Co-ed)

July 27-28 (Ladies Only)


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



Information on the course is below.

Again, for any questions, contact Elizabeth Lowe at

Principles of the Defensive Handgun

Principles of the Defensive Handgun

Price: $200


April 20-21 (Co-ed)

May 18-19 (Ladies Only)

June 22-23 (Co-ed)

July 27-28 (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 25 years and has been teaching this curriculum for many of those years.


Requirements include 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 tuitions.)

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 Local Law Enforcement Officers immediate families (family members living under the same roof). That rate will be $100.00 for the class.

Steve Trani – Hands to Guns Class

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce that we are again bringing in Steve Tarani, the number one instructor in the country regarding personal security and safety, to our facility to train law enforcement and citizens. This year’s training will be Hands to Guns, a two day live fire course. The dates are September 14 and 15, 2024 at the Sheriff’s Office Range. See below for more information on the course:


14-15 September 2024 Hands-to-Guns (2 Day) – Live Fire

$375 per student

In contact there is control and with stability speed. In all there are fifteen factors that affect your performance in firearms response to an active threat. Each factor has a time element determining gain or loss of tactical advantage. Hands-to-Guns addresses each of these factors and reduces those time elements to give you every advantage.

The average personal attack unfolds in under two seconds. Response time is measured at an estimated 4.0 seconds from initial awareness to first round on confirmed threat from concealment. Do the math! How can you go from threat recognition to first round downrange in the least amount of time? How can you develop rapid deployment and round placement skills as applied to your own personal defense?

Whether you are civilian (open or concealed carry) or law enforcement (on or off duty), this training is designed for armed response versus single or multiple attackers and is essential to anyone anticipating engagement of a physical threat at close quarters and under duress.

Yes, you shoot on a flat range to develop your firearms handling and marksmanship skills, and of course you train in defensive tactics, but the two are hardly ever combined, that is, until circumstances demand you go from hands-on to guns and vice versa. Effective transition from hand-to-hand to hand-to-gun at extreme close quarters and under duress is a skill that is developed only by professional instruction and supervised repetition.

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.

Loadout: your duty or EDC pistol, holster (IWB/ OWB) and a matching blue/ red (inert training pistol). three magazines (and mag pouches), eye and ear protection, ball cap, cover garment (if you wish to run from concealment), range kit and 400 rounds of ammunition.


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1905 Indianapolis Ave

Lebanon, IN 46052


Brittany Hicks


Phone: 765-483-3372

Fax: 765-483-3370

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