Commander Thomas A. Bradshaw, DSL


Captain Thomas A. Bradshaw currently serves as the Director of the Communications Division of the Virginia State Police. Dr. Bradshaw received his doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Liberty University. He also has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety from the University of Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University and is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma – The National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Dr. Bradshaw is an accomplished and seasoned law enforcement leader who has implemented and commanded complex, high-profile missions. He is a Virginia State Certified Personal Protection Specialist and Instructor. He is also a member of the American Board for Certification in Dignitary and Executive Protection and Board Certified as a Protective Operations Manager (CPOM). Dr. Bradshaw was the former Assistant Unit Commander and the Executive Officer of the Executive Protective Unit for the Office of the Governor for 13 years. He was the former Intelligence Officer for Threat Assessments and the Medical Officer for the Protective Detail.

His background includes 16 years of Emergency Medical Services, and he is currently a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Tactical. He graduated from the United States Secret Service Protective Operations and U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service Academies. He served seven years as a Master Operator with the Virginia State Police SWAT Team. He has vast experience with high-profile events such as        Governor and Presidential Inaugurations. He also has advanced, provided protection, and supervised protective operations on trade missions worldwide, working closely with the U.S. Embassy and foreign governmental agencies.

He is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Instructor in Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Understanding & Planning for School Bomb Incidents, Federal Air Marshall Service Certified Instructor in Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed Certification Course, and the Department of Justice Certified Instructor in Terrorism for Law Enforcement Officer. He is also a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services certified General, Personal Protection Specialist, and Emergency Vehicle Operator Course Instructor. He has developed and provided training and consultation on behalf of the Virginia State Police internationally and to various local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on dignitary protection, political assassinations, special event planning, threat assessments, and intelligence gathering. He also possesses a National Certified Crime Prevention Specialist Level II. He is an Accredited Associate Faculty Member for the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security.