Captain Alana Forrest is a 27-year veteran of law enforcement. She began her career with the Palo Alto Police Department in 1983 and in June of 2000 was promoted to the rank of Captain with the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department. She has overseen both the Operations and Support Services Divisions of the police department and was the department’s first female SWAT commander. She has worked a variety of assignments including patrol, detectives, special operations, and personnel and training. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police from Boston University, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP’s) Leadership Institute on Violence against Women and the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program. She served for 5 years on the Domestic Violence Council of Santa Clara County and is 2nd Vice President of the YWCA of Silicon Valley. Captain Forrest has been honored for exemplary service by the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos, Domestic Violence Consortium of Santa Clara County, recipient of the 2008 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award and the 2010 Len Edwards Champion of Peace Award. In her spare time, Captain Forrest competes as a nationally ranked athlete in the sport of triathlon; including Ironman events across the U.S. and Australia.