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Profile: Dana Schrad, VACP

Ms. Dana G. Schrad
VACP & VACLEA Executive Director

Dana has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation since January, 1996, where she oversees the operations of the Association and the development of training programs for law enforcement executives and also advocates on policing and criminal justice issues on behalf of the Association and Virginia law enforcement in general. She also is the Executive Director for the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

In December 2014, Dana was appointed to the Governor’s Board of Juvenile Justice. She also sits on the boards of DRIVE SMART Virginia and the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. She is a former member of the Special Olympics Virginia Board of Directors.

Dana is a graduate of the University of Nebraska journalism school and the University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law. She has taken doctoral courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has taught Constitutional Law and Current Criminal Justice Issues for the Bluefield College criminal justice undergraduate program.

Dana was Staff Attorney for the Virginia State Crime Commission from 1989 until 1996, where she was in charge of a variety of criminal justice and law enforcement studies and ran a Drug Trafficking Study task force for two years. She directed a study of drug courts and worked as part of a team to help localities develop drug court programs. Dana has been a school-community team trainer, and has worked with a variety of youth risk prevention programs. Dana staffed Lt. Governor Don Beyer’s Commission on Sexual Assault for two years, where she participated in the revision of a number of sexual assault and family violence laws and the drafting of Virginia’s sex offender registry statute.

Prior to entering law school, she worked at a CBS television affiliate for ten years, where she was a police beat reporter, Executive Producer and Assignment editor.

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