Chris Owens currently serves as a Colonel with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. He has also worked with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office (GA) and Tift County Sheriff’s Office (GA) and has served on the Special Response Team Operator (SRT). He has been a drug unit commander, special operations commander, staff instructor for the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Regional Police Academy (Tifton, GA), Chief Investigator, Director of Training and currently serves as the SWAT Team Commander. Colonel Owens is a state certified instructor in many areas of law enforcement.
He has been the secretary on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Moultrie Technical College (GA) and was appointed to the public safety advisory board for Darton State College 2015-2016. Colonel Owens regularly serves as an Adjunct Instructor at local police academies. In 2017 and 2019 he presented at the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia’s annual conference at Valdosta State University. Colonel Owens recently presented at the Georgia State Senate School Safety Committee’s meeting (2018) and consulted with Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA) in 2018 on the Stop School Violence Act Bill.
In 2014 Colonel Owens was certified as an ALERRT active shooter instructor and earned his Senior POST Instructor certificate. In 2015 he was certified as an ALERRT Civilian Response instructor to “Active Shooters.” He serves as a School Safety Specialist consultant for the Lee County (GA) School System and was the first law enforcement officer in Georgia to hold this certification through ISHM.
Colonel Owens acts as a consultant for Hero911 and is an advocate to the power of the Guard911 technology to lower notification time when dealing with armed intruder emergencies.