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.