Shirley Colvin is a highly experienced investigator who retired from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in April 2015 with an exemplary record of service, commitment and achievement within the law enforcement community. As evidenced in her 25-year career with the Department, her mission – both personal and professional – has been improving and bridging the gaps in relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. As a Senior Investigator at Hillard Heintze, Shirley is responsible for investigative and litigation support for leading organizations, public agencies and high net worth enterprises. She also acts as a liaison between Hillard Heintze and law enforcement agencies.
Early in her career, Shirley served as a CPD patrolman and later tactical officer. She joined the Detached-Services Unit of the Chicago Police Department and was detailed to the City of Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General. In 2004, following successive departmental awards, Shirley was recruited to join the office staff of the 21st District Commander where she developed command-level experience dealing with sensitive and confidential information. Shirley was promoted to Detective in December 2006 and was assigned to the Area South Detective Bureau. She excelled as an investigator in the Robbery, Burglary and Theft Division followed by assignment to Sex Crimes Investigation Division.
In 2008, after numerous successful and sensitive high-profile investigations, she was assigned to the Homicide Investigations Division. As a Lead Homicide Investigator, Shirley worked closely with patrolmen, forensic investigators and fellow detectives. In this capacity, she supervised the collection and analysis of physical evidence, the proper processing of crime scenes, the preparation and presentation of statements from victims and witnesses and professional court testimony.
Later she served as a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department addressing numerous professional and civic organizations and gaining extensive media experience, including being profiled on the television programs Crime Watch and Crime Stoppers Case Files.
Shirley was co-creator, instructor and mentor of the Chicago Police Department’s S.T.A.R.S., (Students Taking Authority & Reaching Success) mentoring program. The program was developed in 2008 and borne out of the need to provide attention, guidance and support to Chicago Public School girls at risk. In September 2015, Shirley was selected by the National Center for Victims of Crime and conducted a workshop focusing on bridging the gap with survivors of violent crime, during the National Conference held in Anaheim, California.
Shirley earned her Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement Management and dual Master of Science degrees, Law Enforcement Administration and Public Administration at Calumet College at St. Joseph.