Late last month, Michele Naughton was selected to be a captain in the police department, marking the first time an African-American woman has been picked to serve in the role.
Naughton said of the moment, "I just hope young girls and young ladies see my story, and it motivates them that if you dream it you can achieve it, to know that it comes with hard work.” Captain Naughton spoke with WAVY 10, saying how difficult the task was, but spoke about her faith in God. That is what she says ultimately got her through. During her time in the police academy, she suffered a knee injury, tearing her ACL and meniscus in the same knee. Also, in 2005, she was diagnosed with cancer while being pregnant, being told she could not continue the pregnancy by doctors.
Michele has served on the force for 22 years, so this honor and promotion was well deserved. Chief of Police, Larry Boone told the news outlet, “I got a little emotional as you can tell, I had a difficult time getting through the oath because it was so surreal, and women, anytime they break that ceiling, particularly in a men’s occupation, it’s tremendous."
On top of being a Captain, Naughton's person life includes being a single mother, a grandmother, a cancer survivor. When she isn't keeping the streets of Norfolk safe, every week she tutors literacy with PLUS initiative, serves as one of the hosts of the“WE Are ONE – NPD and YOU” radio show, Five-0 & Fades, Before Graduation initiatives, and Cops & Curls. Her promotion to Captain will move her to the Chief's office, where her focus will be community engagement and based on her ever extensive involvement outside of the police doors, this seems to be a perfect fit for Michele.