John L. Folino, Jr.
John L. Folino, Jr. has been a veteran of the Chicago Police Department since 1999. After being promoted to Detective in 2005, John spent 7 years investigating homicides and officer-involved shootings. After his promotion to Sergeant in 2012, John served with the 25th Police District. Assigned to the Intelligence Counter-Terrorism Section in 2014, John led a team of officers and detectives who investigated high-profile cases involving organized crime enterprises. In 2018, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the 16th Police District. He currently serves in the Narcotics Division.
John has also been a television and featured film consultant for over 10 years, advising hundreds of actors in police procedure, policy and tactics. He serves as the Director of Productions for Blue Star Security and oversees security for sets, locations, casts and crews.
John has a MBA in Financial Fraud Examination and Management and is certified in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.
Joe Cook currently works as a Principal Attorney at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Joe previously served as a Cook County State’s Attorney in the Gang Crimes Unit, the Narcotics Prosecution Bureau and the Criminal Appeals Division. Joe also serves as a Major in the United States Air Force JAG Corps, where he is currently assigned to the WI Air National Guard and drills out of the 128th ARW. Joe was elected the Democratic Committeeperson of the 41st Ward of Chicago in March of 2020. Joe was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, where he and his wife Jenny are now raising their four young daughters.
Scott Buhrmaster has been involved in the law enforcement training community for 30 years. His tenure began in 1989 when he initially signed on as the Director of Research and Business Development at Calibre Press, one of the leading law enforcement training and information providers in the industry. For 10 years he was involved in virtually every area of the business, from the planning, creation and marketing of the organization’s award-winning textbooks, training videos and online publications to developing and securing content for Calibre’s popular national training programs.
In 1999, Buhrmaster launched The Buhrmaster Group, an organization focused on helping law enforcement training companies and independent trainers develop, market and expand their training efforts. Among his clients was PoliceOne.com, the world’s largest online portal for law enforcement. After a brief consultative relationship, Buhrmaster was asked to join the organization full time as the Vice President of both the Training and Editorial Divisions. During that period, Scott was named to the National Advisory Board of the Force Science Institute, which at the time was a newly developing organization that was also among his list of clients. Following a seven-year tenure at PoliceOne, Scott signed on with Force Science full-time, initially as their Vice President of Operations and then progressing to Chief Operating Officer. After more than 10 years at the Institute, Scott accepted the position of CEO at Calibre Press where he currently serves.
Scott has written extensively for the law enforcement market, both in print and online, and helped launch two of the largest and most popular online publications in the industry: Street Survival Newsline® and Force Science News® . Scott was the Publisher of Police Marksman magazine and served as a Contributing Editor and consultant for Law Officer magazine. He was also a long-time contributor to PoliceOne.com and served as a marketing and editorial consultant for Looseleaf Law Publications in New York.
Patrick Walsh is currently an Asset Protection Manager and has extensive experience leading major investigations and recovery efforts for high-end retailers throughout the U.S. A Chicago native, Patrick was raised in a law enforcement family and studied Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration at Northern Michigan University and Oakton Community College. He is currently a board member of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force, a public and private sector organization created to combat organized retail crime. In this capacity, Patrick has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors in retail product fencing and money laundering investigations. He is also a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.
Janice Dillon comes from a third generation Chicago Police family and proudly served the City of Chicago for over twenty-eight years. She holds an Associates Degree of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice. Janice started her own security company,
HLSA, Inc. in 2013 and employs retired law enforcement officers and off-duty officers. She works closely with Blue Star Security, Ltd. to provide support and resources to officers and their families. Janice is a dedicated, career public servant.