After a national search, Jon Askins has been named assistant director of campus safety and security at Seminole State College of Florida.
As assistant director, Askins plans, organizes, staff and directs the operations of five campus and center sites. He also assists the director of campus safety, security and risk management in overseeing all services provided by Seminole State’s Office of Safety and Security, and in developing and maintaining an effective collegewide safety and security program.
Prior to joining Seminole State in May, Askins spent the past 25 years with the Winter Park Police Department. He retired as captain of the Operations Division, where he managed the Patrol Division, Traffic Unit, Communications Division, and the Crisis Intervention and SWAT teams. He also served as the department’s public information officer, accreditation manager, IT liaison and detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, and facilitated the department’s participation in numerous community and national events.
Askins, who attended Seminole State’s Law Enforcement Academy, says that returning to the College following his career in law enforcement was a natural choice. His wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandfather also attended the College.
“It’s like coming home,” he said. “I look forward to collaborating with the Seminole State team as we foster a learning environment that will produce stories of success, future leaders, caregivers and first responders.”
Askins holds a Crime Prevention Practitioner (CPP) Designation and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Designation through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College in Missouri.
Seminole State College of Florida, with 1,500 employees on six sites in Central Florida, is the seventh-largest employer in Seminole County. The College offers a competitive benefits package, incentives for advanced education, and opportunities for personal and professional development. For information on careers at Seminole State, please visit the Human Resources employment website.
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