Calling him “a true protector of the people and a friend to all,” the Kiwanis Club of Concord named Cpl. Murtazah Ghaznawi as the 2019 Police Officer of the Year.
Ghaznawi was born and raised in Concord, graduating from Ygnacio Valley High School. He always had a dream of making a difference in his community and knew that the best way would be to pursue a career in law enforcement.
He was a police intern at the Concord Police Department for two years before being sworn in as a full-time officer.
One of his favorite assignments was as a school resource officer at Ygnacio Valley, where he connected with students and staff to make a making meaningful differences in their lives.
This year, leaders in Concord’s Afghan community reached out to the Police Department for assistance during Ramadan. Ghaznawi acted as the liaison, facilitating extra patrols during evening prayers and checking in periodically to make sure their needs were met.
Ghaznawi oversees the California Office of Traffic Safety grant for the department. He manages and coordinates several impaired driving operations as well as other enforcement operations to help make our streets safer.
He provides morning and afternoon traffic enforcement at local elementary schools when his schedule allows and is always the first to volunteer for events that educate children on traffic safety. He knows the positive impact that law enforcement had on him as a child, and his mission is to do the same for today’s youth.