Ms. Dolores Stafford


Ms. Stafford currently serves as President & CEO of D. Stafford and Associates and has been serving as the Director of IACLEA Corporate Partnerships since the inception of the program in 2005.

Ms. Stafford served as the Chief of Police at The George Washington University in Washington, DC for 18 years and she has 26 years of experience in the law enforcement and the security industry. She spent a total of 23 years in Campus Law Enforcement at the George Washington University, Butler University and Bucknell University. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Mansfield University and has a Master's of Science Degree in Education from Bucknell University.

Ms. Stafford led the GW Police Department as it became an accredited law enforcement agency with the Commission of Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) in March of 2006 and an International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Accrediated Agency as of 2007. She is an active assessor for the CALEA and IACLEA. She was an active member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators for 20 years and she served on the Board of Directors from 2000-2005. She served as the Chair of the IACLEA Accreditation Commission from 2005-2008.

As one of the nation’s few women police chiefs, Stafford won numerous accolades for her 26 years of service in the law enforcement field. She served as the 45th President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in 2003-2004 and she was the first female to ever hold that office. She won the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award in 2002 in honor of her ongoing contributions to improving the law enforcement profession. In 2004, Stafford was honored by the European Association for Campus Security for her expertise and achievements in campus security. In 2006, the Campus Safety Magazine developed a Campus Safety Director of the Year Award and in March 2007, Stafford was named as the first winner of this prestigious award for 2006. In June 2008, Stafford was presented with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award by her alma mater, Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Stafford was a member of the IACLEA Government Relations Committee from 1995 through 2010 and she was the Chair of that Committee from 1998 to 2000. Stafford testified at several congressional hearings, one at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives and another hearing at the request of the U.S. Senate. During the spring of 1999, Stafford was selected to represent IACLEA a the primary negotiator during the 1999 and 2009 Negotiated Rule Making processes sponsored by the Department of Education regarding the development of final rules for the implementation of the Clery Act. Stafford is a nationally recognized expert on compliance with the Clery Act.

Stafford has instructed more than seventy Clery Act/HEOA training classes for her colleagues around the country and has conducted more than thirty audits/reviews of the compliance efforts at various institutions. She developed a train-the-trainer program for IACLEA and she actively assisted Westat in development of the Clery Act Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting published by the Department of Education.

Dolores Stafford, the President and CEO of D. Stafford & Associates, has been providing consulting services since 1997. D. Stafford & Associates is a professional services firm specializing in safety and security related issues on college campuses, including a specialization in Clery Act/HEOA compliance issues. As an active practitioner for more than 26 years, Stafford is prepared to assist client institutions in assessing the security, safety and federal compliance on their campuses. D. Stafford & Associates provides the following services: CleryAct/HEOA Compliance Audits, Assessments and Training; Campus Police/Public Safety/Security Management Studies; Safety and Security Vulnerability Assessments; Expert Witness and Litigation Consultation; and Accreditation Assessments and Planning.

As a nationally recognized expert in the Clery Act/HEOA, Ms. Stafford has assisted institutions in coming into and maintaining their compliance with federal laws. She has conducted independent audits, reviews and/or training for numerous institutions, including Mount Saint Mary’s, Rochester Institute of Technology, University Of Vermont, Wake Forest University, Emory University, Mary’s College of California, the University of California System, Northern Illinios University, Kennesaw State University, Concordia College, New York University and Tulane University, to name a few.

Chief Stafford has also assisted institutions by conducting general and targeted reviews of the security/law enforcement operations, including reviewing and assessing the organizational structure, physical security, and personnel related issues. She has assisted institutions such as Lehigh University, Trinity University of Washington, Kennesaw State University, Concordia College and the Medical University of South Carolina with these types of reviews. Chief Stafford has experience in developing operating procedures and protocols in Behavioral Threat Assessment and has led such as team for more than five years at GW.

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