Deputy Chief's Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Coughlin
Deputy Chief

Lt. Col.  Craig Coughlin serves as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Village.  D.C. Coughlin joined the police department in 1992.

Coughlin, upon joining the department served as a patrol officer for approximately 11 years at which time he also took on additional duties as a field training officer.  In 2003, he was chosen for a position in the Criminal Investigations Division.  During his time in investigations, Coughlin became a member of the Major Case Squad of the Greater St. Louis and the Illinois Child Death Investigator Task Force.  He was a District Commander for the Illinois Child Death Task Force and was promoted to an Incident Deputy Commander for the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis.  He has also served as the Interim Village Administrator during his time with the police department.  Due to his professionalism, investigative skills and leadership abilities he was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2007.

The Deputy Chief of the Swansea Police Department wears many hats.  He is responsible for the Detective Bureau, all Sergeants, technology in the department, scheduling and grant writing.  He also assists with all of our community programs.   

Coughlin has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice and an Associated of Science degree, both of which are through Southwestern Illinois College.  He has completed the F.B.I.’s Gateway Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.  He received the prestigious Blue Light Award from Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission in 2013 for being a role model in law enforcement. He successfully completed the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Board Executive Institute Supervisor Course.