Our Team

At Hyde Syte Tactics we've worked hard to assemble the most well-trained and professional staff you will find in the art of military and law enforcement education. Every member of our staff has spent their life dedicated to learning defense tactics, shooting proficiency and more. Each of our instructors has been trained by multiple high level military or law enforcement schools and is willing and able to help you take your career goals to the next level. Interested in becoming a member of our team? Contact us today!

Ben - Instructor


Ben brings much to this team and comes from a very experienced background and education. His initial exposure to tactical operations and specialized rescue began in 1999, while serving in the United States Navy as a Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) Team Leader deployed in the Persian Gulf. He has since spent 16 years in EMS as a Firefighter/Paramedic, eventually furthering his education as a Physician Assistant, and currently works in Emergency Medicine in Kenosha. In 2011 he became the first PA in WI recognized with specialty board-certification in Emergency Medicine.

Ben is currently the Assistant Medical Director for Kenosha County EMS, a Tactical Paramedic with the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department TEMS team, and a regional EMS educator. He is a course coordinator and authorized instructor of all levels of Tactical Medicine courses through the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, including military Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), civilian Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and specialized Law Enforcement First Response Tactical Care (LEFR-TC).

Ben’s extensive background in providing a wide variety of medical services ranging from emergency basic and advanced life support, to orthopedic injury evaluation and rehabilitation, to primary care medicine, have helped shape his unique approach to providing tactical care.

Experience & Training:
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Practice
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, sub-major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, with a minor in Philosophy
  • WI EMS Instructor I
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor
  • Basic Life Support Instructor
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor
  • Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor

Todd Peterson - Instructor

Todd Peterson

Todd has an extensive background in trauma medicine. He has deployed to multiple countries where he was the primary care giver. He has also instructed trauma classes to Army units and host nation forces. Todd has developed his cross-training skills in weaponry, explosives, communication and construction. He is also a Level II volunteer Firefighter.

Joe Patla - Instructor

Joe Patla

Joe brings a global view to emergency operations with over 17 years of training and field experience in both law enforcement and Fire/EMS. He started his career with a paid-on call fire/ems position while completing his law enforcement degree. With several years working for a large municipal fire department, ER tech, and critical care private ambulance service, he eventually merged his career to the thin blue line. During his time with the fire department, he served as a Driver/Operator, rescue diver, Haz-Mat Technician, Fire / EMS Instructor, as well as a NREMT TECC Instructor. Joe has always been passionate about extending his training and experience through instructing ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, and CPR to physicians and medical professionals throughout the state.

Joe graduated from the Milwaukee Area Technical College police academy in 2003. During his law enforcement career, Joe has spent most of his time on 2nd and 3rd shift patrol, with extensive work in drug interdiction & gang intelligence. Joe is currently a K9 Handler and serves with a local county swat team where he was a founding member of the TEMS program. In his spare time, he can be found running calls with a local fire/ems agency as a volunteer member.

Experience & Training:
  • Gateway Tech College
  • Upper Iowa University
  • MATC Police Academy
  • NTOA S.T.O.R.M SWAT Medic certified
  • Basic SWAT
  • Chems / less lethal operator
  • ALERRT CRASE Instructor
  • NREMT TECC Instructor
  • WI Fire Service Instructor
  • Prior AHA ACLS, PHTLS, PALS, CPR instructor
  • Various joint operations with state and federal agencies

Discounts Offered:

  • LEO/Military/Fire/EMS receive a 10% discount some exclusions apply.
  • FFL fee is also $35.00 for all LEO/Military/Fire/EMS.

~Psalm 59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God; protect me from those who rise up against me.

Notice: Firearms can only be shipped to a licensed ffl dealer.

The Four Basic Rules of Firearm Safety:

  1. Handle all firearms as if they were loaded! NEVER forget that the gun has the potential to produce serious injury or death in a single instant of carelessness. Make safe gun handling a habit to be followed at all times. After you determine a gun is unloaded, continue to handle it as though it were loaded.
  2. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction! In selecting a safe direction, you must also take into consideration that a bullet can ricochet or glance off any object it strikes, and that bullets can penetrate walls, ceilings, floors and windows.
  3. Keep you finger out of the gun’s trigger guard and off the trigger until you have aligned the gun’s sights on a safe target and you have made the decision to fire! By keeping your finger completely outside the trigger guard until you have aimed at the target, you guarantee that any shots you fire will go safely in the direction of your intended target.
  4. Always be certain that your target and the surroundings area are safe before firing! Remember that a bullet can travel as much as several miles, so you should be certain of what your bullet could strike before you pull the trigger. Never fire at movement, a noise, a flash of color, or a rustling bush without positively identifying your target.