Division of Criminal Investigation

Col. Trame

  • Colonel Chris Trame
  • Deputy Director

Colonel Chris Trame was appointed as Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) on September 1, 2022. He previously served as Assistant Deputy Director of DCI since August 2019. Before his appointment to DCI, Colonel Trame served as Assistant Deputy Director in the Division of Operations (DOO) since November 1, 2015. There, he led statewide support, patrol, and investigative units. He was appointed to Major in DOO in January 2014, overseeing all patrol and investigative operations in Southern Illinois.

In 1997, Colonel Trame began his academy training as part of Cadet Class 94. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Quincy University. Colonel Trame was previously assigned to District 11 patrol, Zone 4 Investigations, the DOO Deputy Director’s Office, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Academy, as well as Districts 9 and 10 patrol. He has been with the ISP since 1995, when he served as a civilian employee in the ISP Public Information Office. Colonel Trame is committed to continuing our efforts to provide professional investigative services to our law enforcement partners in service of the people of Illinois.

Lt. Col. Daniel Likens

  • Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Likens
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lt. Colonel Daniel Likens was appointed as Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Criminal Investigations Statewide Investigative Command in April 2023. Before his appointment, Lt. Colonel Likens held the rank of Major and was assigned as the Northern Illinois Investigative Commander while simultaneously being assigned to the Chicago area Unified Command. While is these roles, Lt. Colonel Likens worked in conjunction with the Division of Patrol and Division of Forensic Services to combat expressway violence in the Chicago area, while also supervising investigative efforts throughout northern Illinois. Lt. Colonel Likens is currently a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.

Lt. Colonel Likens began his career with the Illinois State Police in 1997, with his appointment to Cadet Class 94. Upon graduating from the ISP Academy, Lt. Colonel Likens was assigned to District 02 (Elgin) where he worked patrol, in the road rage special enforcement program, and as a Vehicle Investigations Officer. He was a field training officer, emergency vehicle operations instructor, and member of the crowd control team.  In 2006, Lt. Colonel Likens was promoted to Sergeant in patrol and then took command of the Special Enforcement Team. In 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Likens was promoted to Master Sergeant in Crime Scene Services Command where he oversaw crime scene investigations and polygraph services for northeast Illinois.  In 2012, Lt. Colonel Likens was assigned to Zone 3 Investigations as the squad leader for violent crimes. In 2013, Lt. Colonel Likens was assigned as the Director of the Tri County Auto Theft Task Force. In 2015, Lt. Colonel Likens was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the group supervisor under the Chicago High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Tri County Initiative overseeing four undercover narcotics units. In 2021, Lt. Colonel Likens was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Commander of Zone 1 Investigations. Lt. Colonel Likens holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Benedictine University and attended Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command serving as the Vice President of Class #473, where he was awarded the Franklin M. Kreml Leadership award.

Lt. Col. J W Price

  • Lieutenant Colonel J.W. Price
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel J.W. Price was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Criminal Investigation Statewide Support Command in August 2022. Before his appointment, Lieutenant Colonel Price served as a Major in the Office of the Director as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Planning where he oversaw complex, multi-agency coordination of major incidents, as well as policy review, agency continuity of operations planning, research and development, and the Executive Protection Unit. Lieutenant Colonel Price has been with the Illinois State Police since 2006 when he attended the academy with Cadet Class #112. He previously served in the Division of Patrol as Major over Support Services Command, Commander of District 9 Patrol (Springfield), the Executive Protection Unit Operations Officer and Governor Travel Detail Leader, a full time Operator on ISP Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), and as a District 8 (Peoria) patrol Trooper. Lieutenant Colonel Price has served many years as a Crisis Negotiator, Firearms Instructor, and Rapid Deployment Instructor for ISP.

Lieutenant Colonel Price previously served in law enforcement as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and a Deputy Sheriff with the McLean County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Colonel Price is a graduate of the FBI National Academy class #280, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Class #414, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Criminal Investigator Training Program, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Training Course, and University of Illinois Police Training Institute. He has also served as a Governor appointed board member to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board since 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University, Master of Public Safety from University of Virginia, and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.