Patrol - Leadership

Colonel Owen

  • 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.

LTC Owen

  • 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.

Pellman, Zach

  • Lieutenant Colonel Zach Pellman
  • Assistant Deputy Director

Lieutenant Colonel Zach Pellman was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Director of the Division of Patrol - Strategic Operations Command in June 2024. He became an Illinois State Police Trooper in 2007 and has held a diverse range of assignments to include: patrol assignments in District 7 (Troop 2) and District 9 (Troop 6), various investigative assignments, an administrative assignment with the Office of Labor Relations and Special Projects, and in 2023, was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Director of the Division of Forensic Services.

During his career, he served as a patrol Field Training Officer, an investigative case agent, investigative squad leader, investigative Field Training Agent Coordinator, Investigative Commander, and the Division of Internal Investigation Southern Commander over an area of responsibility consisting of 75 counties within the State of Illinois. His investigative experience includes case work and supervision of homicides, officer involved shooting investigations, death investigations, sexual assault investigations, white collar crime and many other criminal and administrative matters at the state and federal levels.

Lieutenant Colonel Pellman is the recipient of numerous ISP certificates of recognition and work unit citations for team and individual accomplishments. Lieutenant Colonel Pellman completed the ISP Basic Investigators Course, is a certified Illinois State Police instructor, provided testimony as a subject matter expert for the ISP, completed the Northwestern University School of Police Supervision, General Command and Staff School, the University of South Florida’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program, the FBI LEEDA trilogy program, and many other leadership courses. Prior to his employment with the ISP, Lieutenant Colonel Pellman attained a Bachelor’s Degree at Benedictine University with a major in psychology and was a collegiate athlete.