John Benner


“Train, keep training, carry your gun whenever you legally can.” – John

President and Chief Instructor of Tactical Defense Institute, John Benner, is a 45-year veteran police Lieutenant and Vietnam Veteran. John coordinated the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force for 5 years and spent 25 years with the Hamilton County Police Association Regional SWAT Team. During his 20 years as Commander, John received several prestigious awards including Contribution to Law Enforcement, Police Leadership and Officer of the Year. He is certified to instruct and has been a guest instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). John has presented numerous times for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He contracted with the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)  across the United States for Active Killer, is the author of the FASTER Saves Lives program in conjunction with Buckeye Firearms Foundation and is the co-author of the nationally used CQPC Program.