Christopher Yates, a Law Enforcement Officer with almost 15 years of experience, is part of the Defensive Shooting Concepts Instructor Cadre. Chris has been an active part of his department’s firearms training division for more than 10 years. He continually strives to teach new, effective tactics and techniques. He is an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified Firearm’s Instructor and holds Instructor certifications in Handgun, Patrol Rifle and Taser platforms; he is also a certified Instructor for Active Shooter/ Terrorist Response, Less lethal munition, chemical munition, and distraction devices.

Chris is well known for his dedication and passion for teaching and enjoys providing the latest training in response tactics. He severed as a Team Leader for his department’s Tactical Team and serves as a Firearms Instructors for the team.

Chris spends countless hours on duty, as well as his own personal time, ensuring that he is up to date with the latest firearms safety and instruction techniques. Chris has been requested as a guest instructor at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, where he trains new Police Officers from across the state. He also holds Armorer certifications for both AR-15 Rifles and Glock Handguns and is a member of the Glock Sport Shooting Foundation.

Chris has been a lifelong hunter and grew up in his family’s hometown firearms business. He also enjoys competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Chris is extremely passionate about the work that he does and takes pride in the certifications and leadership roles that he holds within the department and community.