Fort Bragg California Police Department
|Dates of Service||May 2012 - 2020|
|Last Known Status||Terminated|
2013 Officer of the Year
On June 21, 2014, Awad was named the department's 2013 Officer of the Year. The department referred to Awad as "one of the department's most dedicated and determined police officers".
2019 DUI Enforcement
On April 14, 2019, Awad conducted a vehicle stop and arrested the female driver for DUI.
The woman faced deportation as a consequence of her arrest. Awad contacted the District Attorney and recommended less-severe charges that would not result in deportation.
Awad and the woman had a single consensual sexual encounter.
In January 2020, the woman's case went to trial, and Awad was subpoenaed from his role as the arresting officer. Awad testified favorably for the woman, drawing the suspicion of prosecutors and jurors that there might be a connection between Awad and the woman. The woman was found guilty of DUI.
The department and District Attorney's office investigated the allegations of a relationship, which was confirmed. Awad had not notified the department or prosecutors of the relationship before he testified in the woman's case.
In April 2020, the District Attorney put Awad on the Brady List, marking him as untrustworthy and unfit to testify in court.
Awad was fired.
On January 11, 2023, Awad surrendered his state law enforcement credentials, becoming the first officer to be listed on the state's new decertification list.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Matt LeFever, Former cop fired by Fort Bragg becomes California's first officer to lose certification, MendoFever, 2023-02-21
- ↑ Awad Christopher, Police Officer - Intermediate Post, Fort Bragg, govSalaries
- ↑ Adam Randall, Chris Awad named Fort Bragg Police Department ”Officer of the Year”, Ukiah Daily Journal, 2014-07-24
- ↑ Lisa Fernandez, First police officer in California is decertified; he tells us why, KTVU, 2023-02-17
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