Robin Jones walked a beat for 4 years after joining Waterloo Regional Police (Ontario) in 1977. In 1992, Robin began the next phase of her policing career with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). In 2007, she was seconded to the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and was the Provincial Negotiator for First Nations Police Services throughout Ontario. Robin was hired by Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN)) in 2008 and retired as the Chief of Police on December 31, 2010 after 33 ½ years of policing service to the citizens of Ontario.
Robin Jones was the first woman police officer to: be promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and Inspector in Waterloo Regional Police, the first Detective Inspector and Tactical Incident Commander in the OPP and the first Deputy Chief and Chief of Police in Nishnawbe-Aski Police. She was a leader in numerous portfolios including uniform patrol, Criminal Investigations, Emergency Response and Human Resources. Robin worked as a Tactical Incident Commander for 15 years and commanded over 500 high-risk incidents and was the lead OPP Incident Command Instructor for 8 years and served as a National Incident Command Instructor for 2. She was the manager of OPP Uniform Recruitment for 3 years and during that time conceived and developed the Award Winning OPPBound strategy, which contributed to significant increases in representation in the OPP of women, Aboriginal and racially diverse recruits.
Robin’s time spent working with NAN in the far north of Ontario was the high point of her career. NAN provides policing to 35 northern remote First Nations from the Manitoba border to the Arctic Ocean and east to the James Bay Coast. One hundred and fifty Nishnawbe-Aski police officers and 30 civilian staff dedicate themselves to the service of Nishnawbe-Aski First Nations.
Robin bought her home in Westport in 2009 and since moving here permanently she has taken positions on several Boards of Directors including Country Roads Community Health Centre, Westport Arts Council, Westport and Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Westport, and is a member of the Vestry for St Paul’s Church. In 2011, Robin was recruited by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to deliver instruction across North America for both the Leaders in Police Organizations (LPO) and Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) courses.
Robin was elected to Westport Council in 2013 and has been a very strong member. Her years of leadership and thorough understanding of government have been evident at each Council meeting. She was instrumental in getting an Economic Development and Tourism Committee of Council established and is the chair of that committee. Robin has been successful to have the Procurement By-law reviewed to address, among other issues, the clause that allows the extension of contracts (including those of significant monetary value) without tendering. In addition, Robin has gained agreement of Council to have the snow removal policy be re-evaluated, with a view of improving the quality of snow removal on roads, snow banks and sidewalks in the Village. One of the first initiatives that she undertook after being elected to Council was to develop and have approved by Council a 3 year plan to rejuvenate Lockwood Memorial Park.
Robin’s spare time includes volunteering in the community and church, spending time in her pottery studio and with her retriever dogs, Desi and Meadow. Robin was named Westport’s “Woman of the Year” earlier this year.