The Colorado State Patrol is honored to have over 80 years of combined experience among the Deputy Chief and the three Lieutenant Colonels. Each Lieutenant Colonel brings a vast array of knowledge and dedication to the Colorado State Patrol. The Colorado State Patrol is organized into three regions, each region is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. Each Region Commander reports directly to the Deputy Chief, who in turn reports to the Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. A region is comprised of several districts and branches, or with specific sections within the organization of the Patrol.
Region 1 Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Eldridge has been a peace officer in Colorado since 1989, as a Campus Police Officer for Red Rocks Community College, a Patrol and Motor Officer for Westminster Police Department and serving in many roles with the Colorado State Patrol. As the Region I Commander, he over sees all of the Colorado State Patrol field districts across the state.
Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge is married and has two sons. His hobbies include skiing, motorcycles, road trips and boating. He graduated from Northglenn High School in 1983 and received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Red Rocks Community College in 1986. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy session #252 and Northwestern University Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command session #304.
His career with the Colorado State Patrol began in 1996 with his first assignment in Boulder County, Troop 6C. In 2000 he transferred to the CSP Training Academy as the Accident Investigation Training Coordinator and was promoted to the Accident Reconstruction Team Sergeant in District 3 in 2003. He was promoted to the Limon Troop 1A Captain in 2004 and transferred to command the Immigration Enforcement Unit in 2008. He transferred in 2011 to headquarters to create and implement the Strategic Analysis and Business Research section and was promoted to the rank of major over the Staff Services Branch in 2012. In January 2014 he was promoted to the Region III Lieutenant Colonel.
Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge has been involved in Accident Reconstruction since the inception of the Accident Reconstruction Team (Vehicle Crimes Unit) and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. He has served a member of the Statewide Traffic a Records Advisory Committee developing the Colorado Investigating Officer's Traffic Accident Reporting Manual, and a member of the Governor's Office Immigration Task force.
Region 2 Commander
Lt. Colonel Barry Bratt has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and currently serves as the Region Two Commander for the Colorado State Patrol. Region 2 encompasses the Logistics Liaison, the Motor Carrier Services Branch, and the Criminal Investigations Branch.
Lt. Colonel Bratt has served as the District Four Commander where he oversaw Patrol operations for Northwestern Colorado, which includes eleven counties with a combined population of over 304,000 people and nearly 23,000 square miles. Prior to that, he was the District Five Commander in Southwestern Colorado, which is comprised of seventeen counties with a combined population of 219,000 people and over 23,000 square miles. He has also served as the Captain of the Patrol’s Homeland Security branch, The Troop 4C Commander in Glenwood Springs, the Sergeant in charge of Motorcycle Operations, and as Trooper in both Motorcycle Operations and Troop 1D in Adams County.
Prior to the Colorado State Patrol, Lt. Colonel Bratt worked for the Westminster Police Department.
Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to manage and supervise a multitude of special events ranging from small community events to large events encompassing multiple days and locations to include; the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, Presidential escorts, Air Shows, the inaugural running of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2011, and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.
Lt. Colonel Bratt currently serves as the Chairperson of the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Committee. He has been a past President of both the Western Colorado Peace Officers Association and the Four States Peace Officers Association and is the past Chairperson of the State Traffic Records Advisory Committee. He has served as a subject matter expert for the NHTSA Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions, as well as the NHTSA Model Performance Measures for State Traffic Records Systems. Barry also chaired the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Data Emphasis working group in 2014. He has served as part of the Northwest Incident Management Team as an Incident Commander as is State of Colorado Certified as a Type 3 Incident Commander. Barry is a graduate of Session 263 of the FBI’s National Academy and Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command.
Region 3 Commander
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Packard started his career with the Colorado State Patrol in 2000 where he first worked with the facilities management group prior to starting his training to become a Colorado State Trooper. Lieutenant Colonel Packard was promoted to his current position as the Region 3 Commander in February of 2017, where he oversees the agency’s communications branch, training, public outreach, media relations, headquarters and grants related functions.
After graduating from the training academy in 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Packard was assigned as a field trooper in Castle Rock, Colorado. He transferred to the Accident Reconstruction Team as a Trooper in 2002 where he served until his promotion to Sergeant in 2006. As a Sergeant, he held assignments in Trinidad as a field supervisor as well as the Homeland Security Section, where he served as the Deputy Director of the state’s nationally recognized fusion center. In 2010, Packard was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Hazardous Materials Section. He was promoted to the rank of Major in 2012 assigned to the Criminal Investigations Branch before transferring to be the District 1 commander in 2014 where he led field operations in the greater Denver metropolitan area as well as the Executive Security Unit.
Lieutenant Colonel Packard has maintained a strong involvement in the agency’s vehicular crimes unit for a significant portion of his career, serving both as a trooper and in a command capacity. Lieutenant Colonel Packard also maintains a leadership role in the agency’s Life Resources and Peer Support capabilities in place to provide needed services to the members of the Colorado State Patrol and their families. He also serves as a member of the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. Finally, Lieutenant Colonel Packard has had the opportunity to work in leadership capacity for the Colorado State Patrol’s involvement in several state and national level significant events throughout his career.
Lieutenant Colonel Packard is married with three children. He enjoys spending time with friends and family doing just about anything outside in the Colorado weather as well as competing on basketball and volleyball courts. Lieutenant Colonel Packard graduated from Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton before attending the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Lieutenant Colonel Packard is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command session #357.