December 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Lesbian to be sworn in as Anne Arundel police chief
Amal Awad, gay news, Washington Blade
Amal Awad was named Chief of Police in Anne Arundel County, Md. (Photo courtesy of the Hyattsville Police Department)

Amal Awad, a 27-year veteran police officer in Prince George’s County who in January 2019 became the first black, female, and openly LGBTQ Chief of Police in Hyattsville, Md., was scheduled to be sworn in on Dec. 17 as the new Anne Arundel County Chief of Police.

Her swearing in was to take place after the Anne Arundel County Council voted unanimously on Dec. 7 to confirm her nomination to the police chief’s position by County Executive Steuart Pittman, making her once again the first woman, person of color, and out member of the LGBTQ community to hold that position.

“I am honored and humbled that County Executive Pittman has asked me to serve as Anne Arundel County’s next Chief of Police,” Awad said at the time her appointment was announced.

“I have dedicated more than half of my life to this noble profession, and I thank Mr. Pittman for selecting me to lead this professional police department during this pivotal moment in modern policing,” she said.

A statement about her career background released at the time she became police chief in Hyattsville says she began her career as a Prince George’s County police officer at the District 1 Station in Hyattsville. She joined the P.G. department after receiving a master’s degree in management from John Hopkins University, where she graduated with honors.

According to the statement, she worked her way up the ranks in the department, holding the positions of district commander and major in the Office of the Chief before she retired. It says she came out of retirement in 2017 to join the Hyattsville Police Department to serve as captain, the department’s number two position. In 2018 she was named Interim Police Chief following the retirement of the then current chief. And less than a year later, in January 2019, Awad became permanent chief of the Hyattsville department.

At the time the Anne Arundel County Council confirmed her appointment as chief of that department earlier this month, all Council members spoke out about what they considered to be her exemplary qualifications for the position.

Located within Anne Arundel County is the city of Annapolis, the state capital.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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