Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad

LA PLATA, Md. – Amal E. Awad took the Oath of Office as the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s 19th Chief of Police on December 17, 2020.

On December 7, 2020, she became the first female Chief to be unanimously confirmed by the County Council in Anne Arundel County’s history. She returned home to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, where she previously served as Chief of Staff. She became the first female, first person of color and first member of the LGBTQ community to be appointed to serve as Chief of Police in Anne Arundel County. Understanding that strong relationships of mutual trust between the police and the community are critical to public safety, one of Chief Awad’s first priorities as the Anne Arundel County Chief of Police was the creation of the Community Services Bureau. The Bureau is comprised of the Training Division, the Community Relations Division and Section, School Safety Section, the Crisis Intervention Team, Youth and Victim Engagement Services, the Office of Re-Entry and Community Collaboration and the Youth Activities Program.

Chief Awad also implemented the Social Justice and Racial Equity Discussion Series focused on facilitating dialogue among sworn officers that considers racial equity and social justice, as well as institutional and structural racism, and their relationship in law enforcement from historic, contemporary and future perspectives. Additionally, under Chief Awad’s leadership, the agency was accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

Prior to being sworn in as Anne Arundel County’s Chief of Police, Chief Awad was appointed the City of Hyattsville’s eighth Chief of Police in December of 2018. She was the first woman to be appointed in the City’s 136-year history. During her tenure, she arranged for guided law enforcement-specific tours and discussions at the National African American Museum of History and Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, implemented an Arrive Alive Driver Safety Program, and incorporated Trauma Informed Responses training and Implicit Bias training in partnership with the University of Maryland. She also re-introduced the department’s Teen Center Program, implemented the DARE Summer Camp for Youth, Coffee with a Cop events, senior safety check-ins and numerous other community partnership initiatives.

She began her policing career in Hyattsville more than 30 years ago as a Prince George’s County Police Department patrol officer assigned to District I – Hyattsville Station. Throughout her career, she served on the Action Team, the Community Policing Unit, the Special Assignment Team, and the Robbery Suppression Team.

Among her many accomplishments with the Prince George’s County Police Department, she served as the Commander at District II – Bowie Station, the Administrative Officer and Executive Officer for the Office of the Chief of Police. She retired in July of 2013 at the rank of Major.

Chief Awad is a native Washingtonian and resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland. She holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University where she graduated with honors. She received the Division of Public Safety’s Leadership Award in 2011 and was the recipient of John Hopkins University’s Community Champion Award in 2020.

Chief Awad is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the 2nd Vice President of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, former Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission executive board member, past President of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Prince George’s County and a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, Session 75.

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