Patrol - Leadership
- Colonel Christopher Owen
- Deputy Director
Colonel Christopher Owen is a 21-year veteran of the Illinois State Police and serves as the Colonel of the Division of Patrol (DOP). In this role Colonel Owen currently oversees both Strategic Operations Command and Patrol Operations Command, which consists of 11 strategically situated Troops statewide, who work to provide comprehensive law enforcement services to the public as well as to fellow law enforcement agencies.
Before his appointment, Colonel Owen achieved a diverse background in the ISP having served as the Southern Patrol Commander, the Northern Investigative Commander, the Region III Commander, the District 9 Commander, the Division of Operations Chief of Staff, the Division of Operations Deputy Chief of Staff, an Executive Protection Unit Travel Detail Leader, the Statewide Criminal Interdiction Coordinator, a District 10 K9 Officer, the District 10 Special Enforcement Team Sergeant, and a U.S. Department of Justice D.E.A Task Force Officer.
Colonel Owen is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Colonel Owen is instrumental in the development and implementation of the Division’s missions to proactively address crime and further protect Illinois communities.
- Lieutenant Colonel Jason Bradley
- Assistant Deputy Director
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Bradley currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Patrol Operations Command. He began his law enforcement career with the Village of Glen Ellyn Police Department in 2003, where he served for four and a half years, before becoming and Illinois State Police Trooper in 2007.
Lieutenant Colonel Bradley was assigned to District 15 upon graduating the academy. During his time as a Trooper, he worked patrol on the midnight shift and was then assigned to the District 15 Special Enforcement Team; where he focused on traffic enforcement, intercepting violent criminals, drug trafficking, and dignitary escorts. During his tenure with the ISP, Lieutenant Colonel Bradley has also been a SWAT operator, crowd control team member, drug recognition expert, public information officer, and an instructor in several different disciplines. Prior to serving as the Lieutenant Colonel for the Division of Patrol Operations, he served as the District 15 Commander and the Chicago Region Major.
Lieutenant Colonel Bradley is a graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, with a minor in Business Management.
- Lieutenant Colonel Thé Tran
- Assistant Deputy Director
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Thé Tran currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Director in the Division of Patrol, Support Services Command. He has over 26 years of law enforcement experience, which began within the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Will County Sheriff’s Department. In 1997, he joined the Illinois State Police (ISP) as a member of Cadet Class 94. Upon graduation from the ISP Academy, LTC Tran was assigned to District 15, where he worked as a patrol trooper and an investigator. In 1999, LTC Tran transferred to the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area/Narcotics and Currency Interdiction Team (HIDTA/NARCINT), and then Zone 1 Investigations.
In 2001, LTC Tran was promoted to Special Agent within the Division of Internal Investigations (DII). From 2003 to 2005, LTC Tran was assigned to help start up the newly created State of Illinois, Office of Executive Inspector General (OEIG). LTC Tran returned to DII in 2005, and was promoted to Sergeant, followed by a promotion to Master Sergeant in 2007, where he was assigned as the supervisor of the newly created DII, Priority Investigations Unit. In 2011, LTC Tran was promoted to Lieutenant, and in 2014, he was promoted to Captain assigned as the DII Northern Commander.
In 2019, LTC Tran was assigned as the ISP’s liaison to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). His tenure at the SEOC was one of the busiest times in IEMA history, which dealt with unprecedented events such as: record breaking southern Illinois floods, COVID-19 global pandemic, CDC isolation plans, FEMA PPE push out, COVID testing, COVID vaccination security, and Chicago civil unrest/riot operations. In 2020, LTC Tran was appointed to Major and oversaw the Support Services Command Units, which included the SEOC/Strategic Planning Section, Protective Services Unit, Executive Protection Unit, Commercial Vehicle Section, Safety Education Unit, Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau, Vehicle Identification Office, Crowd Control Team, and the statewide Criminal Patrol Team (CRIMPAT). Most recently in 2021, LTC Tran was appointed to serve as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Patrol. He is the first Asian-American to be appointed as Lieutenant Colonel within the ISP.
LTC Tran earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University, and a master’s degree from Western Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute from the University of Louisville. LTC Tran was born in Vietnam, and his family escaped the war-torn country during the Fall of Saigon. Entering the United States as a young refugee with nothing, has taught LTC Tran to always show compassion for others and to never take things for granted.