Chief of Police
Chief Christopher Locke joined the police department in 1994 after spending eight years on active duty with the United States Air Force.
During his military duties, he was assigned to the 375th Security Police Squadron and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, both units at Scott Air Force Base. Locke immediately went into the reserves upon his assignment to the FHPD. He currently serves as a special agent with AFOSI. During his military career, he fulfilled many roles to include investigator, confidential informant handling agent, undercover agent, protective service team member and Emergency Services Team (EST) member. Locke is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Locke, upon joining the department in 1994, remained in patrol for approximately three years and was chosen for a position in the Criminal Investigations Division, where he remained for four years. During that time, he was an active member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Locke was promoted to Sergeant and became a shift commander, where he remained until 2007, at which time he was promoted to Lieutenant. Locke, as a Lieutenant, served as the commander of the Support, Investigations and Patrol Divisions. He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police (Captain) in October 2010, and ultimately Chief of Police in December 2018. During his tenure with the department, Locke has and continues to serve as a use of force instructor (range instructor, OC Spray instructor and ASP Baton instructor).
Locke has an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Belleville Area College (SWIC) and a B.S. degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Sterling College. Locke also completed the Adminstrative Officer’s Course from the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville earning the Dean’s Scholar Award in recognition of his academic achievements. Locke has also instructed at the SWIC Police Academy and served as an adjunct professor for the college.