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Richard Fairburn

Law Enforcement Firearms

Dick Fairburn has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience in both Illinois and Wyoming, working patrol, investigations and administrative assignments. Dick also served as the section chief of a major academy’s Firearms Training Unit and critical incident training program. He has a B.S. in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and was the Valedictorian of his recruit class at the Illinois State Police Academy. He has published more than 300 feature articles and two books: “Police Rifles” and “Building a Better Gunfighter.” Dick is currently serving as the public safety director in a Central Illinois community, overseeing the police and fire departments, as well as the 911 center.

While I still feel being a little over-gunned is better, my personal active shooter response “kit” has shrunk dramatically
The airlines are perfectly comfortable with guns in checked baggage — they deal with them all the time — but you do need to understand the process and prepare your gear
The system breaks down alertness levels into four colors of escalating degrees of preparation for the use of deadly force
Current threats dictate evolving response strategies
The Glock Model 48 slimline 9mm is a state-of-the-art fighting pistol with a small grip frame any cop can master
If we can quickly make some meaningful changes on our own, that may empower our supporters to reestablish logic
From understanding your PPE needs to handling an increased call volume with a reduced workforce, make sure you put these considerations on your to-do list
Securing your home to keep your family safe requires mostly time, clear thinking and practice, not a large expenditure of funds
Good police officers are experts at hiding their emotions, so only a partner or very close co-worker may see the warning signs
When a police agency fails to protect its community, the failure can almost always be traced to the head of that agency