Lt. Joseph Kollins to head two Illinois State Police districts

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COLLINSVILLE, IL (AP) – There’s a new commander for two southwestern Illinois State Police districts that encompass 10 counties.

State police say Lt. Joseph Kollins will oversee District 11 based in Collinsville and District 18, which is headquartered in Litchfield.

Kollins has been with the state police since 1995, having overseen a tactical response team and been a narcotics commander.

He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and has been a Bloomington police officer. He also has served with the Illinois Army National Guard.

District 11 includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties. District 18 serves Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.

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