Metro East family’s long-standing service in Illinois State Police comes to an end

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) - A local Metro East family is closing the book on its service to the Illinois State Police. When Acting Captain Dave Bivens retires Friday, he will be the last of his family to leave the service. Together seven of them have provided 178 years of active duty, sworn service as Illinois State police officers.

The family’s commitment to law-enforcement began in 1955, when Bevins' uncle first joined the state police. His dad, Jim Bivens Sr., soon followed and became a criminal investigator. Dave Bivens has concentrated also on investigation. He received the Illinois State Police Officer of the Year Award in 2006 after leading the investigation into the horrifying murder of an East St. Louis woman, her unborn child, and her living children.

Bivens also helped to investigate the murders of three members of a Columbia, Illinois family. He recalls his interview of Chris Coleman, at the time a suspect in the murder of his wife and two sons, as one of the most interesting.

"I truly felt, as I sat across the table from him, I was interviewing true evil," he said.

The interview, conducted alongside a sergeant from the Columbia, Illinois Police Department, lasted for about eight hours. Coleman was eventually convicted of the murders.

Bivens had been a lead investigator and concluded his career by commanding the violent crime investigation officers in Zone Six out of the Collinsville state police headquarters. His commanding officer Major Joe Kollins is sorry to see Bivens leave.

"This is a sad ending to a good story," Kollins said.