It was a ‘pinch me’ moment in Inspector Faith Morgan’s career – having the honour of protecting the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
But it was only one moment in a twenty-year career which has seen Faith train as a specialist firearms officer and protect three serving prime ministers.
Faith is one of more than twenty officers and staff who received long service awards from Derbyshire's Deputy Lord Lieutenant, James Stafford, at a simple but very special ceremony at our Headquarters last week.
Faith joined the force in 2002, starting out responding to incidents in Long Eaton. After a few years she moved into firearms, before going back to her roots as a sergeant in Pear Tree – even giving a talk to inspire pupils at her old primary school.
Her specialist firearms training meant she has often been deployed at large events across the UK, protecting members of the royal family and other dignitaries - including the Queen when she visited Chatsworth in 2014.
Faith has done a lot of different roles within the force and now works as part of the Force Improvement Team, making sure that learning and best practice is shared so that our officers can give the best possible service to the public.
She said: “It was amazing to receive a long service award and meet up with people I’d joined with all those years ago, who I hadn’t seen for ages!
"It was really interesting listening to all the stories and hearing what people had been up to over the years – it just shows you how varied a career policing is and the amount of different opportunities that are available.
"The last 20 years have flown by, and I still feel proud to wear the police uniform every day, and so to be recognised by receiving an award with my family there to watch was really special.”
Well done to everyone who collected their medals and awards this week – and thank you for your service.