The Avondale Police Department recently promoted five officers.
Lt. Olivia Contreras was hired by the Avondale Police Department in 2005. In 2015, she was promoted to patrol sergeant and currently works in the Criminal Investigations Bureau overseeing the Special Victims Unit (SVU).
In 2018, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for her work in the Special Victims Unit. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Lady Boss of the Year Award presented to her by the Women Fulfilling Purpose Leadership Academy.
Sgt. Manny Rios has been with the Avondale Police Department since 2015. Before joining the department, he served with the Gila River Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. He also volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.
Sgt. Ryan Dodge started with the Avondale Police Department in 2007. During his Avondale career, he served in the roles as field training officer on the SWAT team and as detective.
Sgt. Jenny Rubio has been with the Avondale Police Department since 2013. Prior to joining the city, she was a correctional officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections. An Arizona native raised in the West Valley, after working in the Patrol Division, she became a Special Victims Unit detective. She has been involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics AZ.
Sgt. Christopher W. Beckett has been with the Avondale Police Department since 2007. He has served in various roles in patrol, as a member of the Community Action Team, Tactical Operations Unit and as a field training officer. He is also a member of the Arizona Air National Guard. In 2019, he was deployed to Qatar and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his leadership.