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Illinois State Police Officer Receives 2014 Rising Shields of Law Enforcement Award

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Press Release Date: April 24, 2014

Master Sergeant Margaret McGreal Honored in the State Agency Category

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials today applauded the announcement by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police that it is honoring Master Sergeant Margaret McGreal with the 2014 Rising Shields of Law Enforcement award.  Master Sergeant McGreal, a 17 year veteran of the ISP, was selected to receive the award in the State Agency Category for her leadership and commitment to the law enforcement profession.  McGreal is the third female recipient of this prestigious honor.   

The Rising Shields Awards are presented to talented law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values of law enforcement and who through their leadership, standout amongst their peers.  The awards encourage outstanding leaders below the rank of Deputy Chief or Lieutenant to continue to advance in their law enforcement careers while also developing other future leaders.

Illinois State Police District Chicago Captain Luis Gutierrez nominated McGreal for her natural leadership abilities and continued commitment to the Department.   Master Sergeant McGreal consistently leads by example, and seeks every opportunity to mentor junior officers and guide their law enforcement careers.      

Master Sergeant McGreal began her career with the Illinois State Police in 1997.  Upon completing her Academy training, Master Sergeant McGreal was assigned to patrol as a trooper in District Chicago.  McGreal was known as one of the top criminal arrest officers in her district.  McGreal’s abilities to detect criminal activity made her an invaluable asset in the various notable units she was assigned to, including the District Chicago Gun Unit, Violent Crimes Initiative Unit, and Special Enforcement Team.   

As a Trooper, McGreal served as a Field Training Officer where her experience and skills allowed her to prepare officers for challenging assignments.  McGreal also served as a Field Recruiter, a member of the ISP Crowd Control Team and the ISP Honor Guard.  Having excelled as a trooper and a leader, McGreal was promoted to Sergeant in 2006. 

Following her promotion, McGreal was assigned to several patrol sectors as a Platoon Sergeant where she assisted her Platoon Commanders with the day to day operations of her teams, often filling in as acting Platoon Commander.  In 2009, McGreal was promoted to Master Sergeant and was assigned her own platoon in the Violent Crimes Initiative Unit. 

McGreal has received various awards throughout her career, including a Unit Citation, several Officer of the Month awards and an Employee of the Quarter award.  McGreal has also received numerous Department recognitions for her participation in countless high-risk situations, including the apprehension of several individuals following the attempted murder of a police officer, an aggravated vehicular hijacking, and a child abduction investigation.    

McGreal has frequently participated as a mentor in the ISP mentoring program where she has eagerly invested her time, experience and knowledge in enhancing the professional development of others, grooming them to become future ISP leaders. 

In her current assignment as District Chicago Field Training Officer Coordinator, Master Sergeant McGreal oversees the training program for new troopers in the district.  McGreal is known for challenging officers and encouraging them to broaden their skills by participating in all levels of training.  As a female officer, McGreal is committed to advancing female officers to ensure their promotion opportunities within the ISP ranks.     

“Master Sergeant McGreal has embraced her career with the ISP from day one and she’s a fine example of a leader who cares about her fellow officers,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.  “Her accomplishments and commitment to her profession and the Illinois State Police make her a role model for officers of all ranks to follow,” he added. 

Master Sergeant McGreal holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she majored in Criminal Justice.  She and her husband have four children ages 13, 4, 3 and 2.

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