A COVENTRY Police officer who has served the city for 25 years has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in The Queen’s New Year Honours List
Sgt Julie Harrison has been royally recognised for her exceptional efforts to protect and support Coventry’s communities.
She has spent all of her distinguished policing career within Coventry apart from a brief six-month secondment.
She has been based across the city before moving to her current role within the City of Culture Policing Team around two years ago.
Sgt Harrison has been responsible for leading numerous innovative projects which have supported young people to make positive choices, diverting them away from gangs and protect them from exploitation. She has also been instrumental in developing schemes to safeguard women and help and support victims of domestic abuse.
Sgt Harrison is passionate about supporting refugees and migrants who have made Coventry their home. Alongside local partners, she has been instrumental in several programmes to support refugees and promote community cohesion.
As part of the Coventry City of Culture policing team, Julie is trailblazing the use of arts and creativity to improve our communication with the public and to tackle community safety priorities.
Sgt Harrison – who will receive the award under her married name Godwin – said: “I’m really surprised but also incredibly humbled. It’s a proud moment and one I never expected.
“I’ve got a real passion for Coventry, I’ve spent my whole career here and I am very proud to call it home.
“There are some absolutely fantastic people doing some fantastic things right across the city and it’s a privilege to be part of the City of Culture team.
“Throughout my policing career I’ve always tried to do what I can to make lives better and that will never change.”
Ch Insp Helen Kirkman said: “Through her strong leadership, dedication and outstanding partnership working, Julie has improved the lives of so many people in Coventry.
“Julie has earned the respect of local partners, members of the public and her peers through her naturally friendly and approachable style, her commitment to helping people and ability to influence and get things done. She is thoroughly deserving of this award and we are very proud of her. “