Alana Ennis has 29 years of law enforcement experience as a former municipal and university police chief. Her most recent position was serving as the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Prior to that, she was a police officer in Durham, North Carolina where she rose through the ranks to Captain, and later served as Chief of Police for three agencies: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and the Burlington Police Department in Burlington, Vermont. During her tenure as chief, she assisted agencies attain CALEA accreditation.
Ms. Ennis served as the Internal Affairs investigator with the Durham Police Department (NC) both as a sergeant and lieutenant and founded the North Carolina Internal Investigators’ Association which later became the National Internal Investigators’ Association. Recently she served as an expert auditor for the U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division investigating a police department’s handling of internal affairs cases/citizen complaints. In 1998, she wrote a book chapter published in “Do Citizen Review Boards Provide Needed Oversight of Police Practices?” Controversial Issues in Policing. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1998
Ms. Ennis was one of the founders of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, now in its 15th year. During her career, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and MetLife recognized her efforts related to implementation of community policing initiatives.
Most recently, Ms. Ennis spent several years in the private sector, serving as Director of Security for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, as well as Senior Manager for Crisis Management in Global Security for Deloitte Touche.
Ms. Ennis holds a B.A. in English and Art History and a M.A. in Public Administration.