Detective receives special recognition for contribution to national police football team
26 Jul | 18:04
As we prepare to cheer on the Lionesses in their semi-final tonight, we also want to recognise the fantastic achievements of our very own footballing star…
An officer from our Safeguarding Department has received a special award recognising her outstanding contribution to the UK national police football team.
By day, Detective Sergeant Michelle Gregory works in our Child and Adult Protection (CAP) team, going above and beyond, to protect vulnerable victims in our communities.
The complex role often sees the team working around the clock to bring perpetrators to justice for crimes including serious sexual offences, safeguarding of children and adults at risk.
But, when Det Sgt Gregory is not on duty, she can often be found dedicating time to her other passion on the football pitch, as one of the founding members of the Police Sport UK Ladies’ National football team.
Formed in 2011, the team has travelled across Europe to represent the United Kingdom and competed against a number of other blue light countries in European Qualifiers and attended three European championships in Copenhagen, Prague and Trondheim.
Det Sgt Gregory has been leading the team to since June 2016 when she became Manager – and at a special celebration presentation event on June 19, she was formally recognised for her efforts receiving a coveted medal ‘in gratitude for commitment to police sport in Europe’.
She said: “It has been such a privilege and honour to personally be involved in police sport at this level for more than 10 years.
“I have worked with some amazing players and coaches over my time with the team – as well as having the opportunity to represent the UK globally and travel to a number of countries to compete as an assistant manager/coach and now manager.
“While football will always be my passion, I have made the difficult decision to step down for now as manager and make way for the next generation of talent.
“I can’t think of a more fitting way to bring my journey with the team to a close with this special award – and it’s safe to say my passion for football will never leave me, it’s been instilled in me since a child from my family’s love of the game.”
When asked about her role as a police officer, Det Sgt Gregory described how rewarding it is to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
She said: “I have been a police officer for nearly 25 years. It’s a job like no other and I am extremely passionate and committed to protecting the most vulnerable in society. Safeguarding is an area you can really make a difference in people’s lives, to guide and support them through the most traumatic of circumstances and crimes. This gives you the drive and dedication to ensure the most prolific perpetrators are brought to justice for significant periods, which is very rewarding.”
Congratulations Michelle on all of your achievements!
If you, like Det Sgt Gregory have a passion for fighting crime and keeping people safe – then why not consider joining #TeamNP? Recruitment is now open as we search for the next generation of police officers. Find out more on the Northumbria Police careers website today.
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