Robin Heslop brings 21 years of experience as a crime prevention and community service officer to her new position as director of security at Shoreline Community College.
Heslop began her career in 1987 with the Everett Police Department where she spent nine years as a Police Specialist and Community Service Officer. Her duties focused on designing and conducting crime-prevention programs and presentations. Heslop was an instructor at the Criminal Justice/Police Training Center on security methods and personal safety. During her time in Everett, she developed, implemented and supervised the city’s first volunteer citizen-police unit.
More recently, Heslop has been the Crime Prevention Officer at the Edmonds Police Department, starting there in 1996. In Edmonds, Heslop recruited, trained and supervised a 40-member volunteer unit. During her first three years on the job, the city saw a 50 percent reduction in residential crime. Heslop was in charge of Edmonds’ National Night Out Against Crime program which received national honors in 2002 and 2003.
Heslop is a sought-after speaker on crime prevention, citizen volunteer units and community involvement and communication. For the past three years, she has also run a private crime-prevention consulting business.
“My big message is prevention and communication,” Heslop said. “I am really excited to make this campus a very safe place to be. I’d like SCC to be a model for safety and security.”
Heslop will report to Daryl Campbell, Vice President for Administrative Services. “Robin’s strengths are just what Shoreline Community College needs,” Campbell said. “Robin has experience as a supervisor, building and implementing crime-prevention programs that involve the community and she is a great communicator.”
Heslop takes over from Herb Johnson, who had served as interim director of safety security while the permanent-position search was conducted. Johnson, who had served at SCC twice before, came out of retirement to help the college through this transition period.
Heslop’s first day on the job at SCC will be Sept. 17.