Christian has extensive expertise in public sector technology programs and associated policy considerations. He completed a 24-year law enforcement career in January 2021, serving as a senior leader with one of the 35 largest municipal police departments in the United States, the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department. As a capstone to his tenure, Christian served as a Police Major and led the establishment of a new Cyber & Forensics Bureau to account for emergent trends related to digital evidence and the need to adopt technology in a manner that balances security and privacy.
Christian led units responsible for technical investigations, digital forensics, crime scene investigation and biometric identification, including a regional program serving state, local and federal agencies. He also led the implementation of a body worn camera pilot program and collaborated with other public safety partners to stand up a new program leveraging unmanned aerial systems. He championed multiple key initiatives including the development of a mobile crime lab, establishing a ballistic identification system, and enhancing scientific research opportunities.
Christian spent a considerable degree of his early career assigned to the Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau. As a rising leader, he was assigned to the Major Crimes Bureau where he implemented numerous technology solutions to include automated license plate readers and several original IT programs which he conceptualized to automate business processes and optimize workforce utility. He received recognition for collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security, leveraging numerous technology applications to coordinate interagency operations during a major security event in the Washington National Capital Region.
Christian has authored articles on a host of topics and is a regularly featured speaker at conferences and events. Topics he has covered include emerging technology, police transparency, cyber security, data management, digital crime, unmanned aerial systems, and business aspects of public sector technology programs. He has written several policies and collaborated with diverse stakeholders to develop procedures and training programs to bring about sustainable criminal justice reform.
A native of Massachusetts, Christian earned a BA from Stonehill College. He holds a Master of Forensic Sciences Degree from The George Washington University and a Certificate in Business Process Improvement from George Mason University. He has completed several executive development programs and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.