THE chief superintendent put in charge of safeguarding at South Yorkshire Police after the Jay report has been awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal.
Natalie Shaw, who retired last December, was also force lead for domestic abuse and a determined advocate for police officer welfare.
She said: “I feel truly humbled. It is such an honour to be recognised and for my colleagues, who have such busy working lives, to take the time to not only consider me a worthy recipient, but to also complete the nomination.
“Throughout my 30 years, I was fortunate enough to work with some incredible people and have the opportunity to make a real difference.
“My work for domestic abuse and safeguarding vulnerable people was incredibly rewarding and is a passion I still hold today.
“I have loved working for South Yorkshire Police for the past 30 years, and I’m so proud of where the force is now. To have been a small part of that has been such an honour.”
Chief Con Stephen Watson said: “This honour is absolutely deserved. Natalie has served the public of South Yorkshire well for 30 years. Her commitment and determination to protect the most vulnerable has undoubtedly saved lives.
“She has delivered at the highest standard in some of the most pressured environments and has always remained positive providing an excellent role model to others. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honour.”