Loren's Badass Chick: Michelle Palladini

Police detective with the Norfolk Police Department.

September 6, 2019
Loren's Badass Chick

This week's Badass Chick is Michelle Palladini, a detective with the Norfolk Police Department.


Michelle became a police officer -- her dream job -- as soon as she graduated college and ended up policing the town that she grew up in. It was really challenging for her to see how many people were struggling in a town that appeared to be so utopian growing up. 


She was beginning to feel jaded and as though she would never be able to make a difference, until she herself started practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness focuses on managing thoughts, feelings and emotions. Michelle realized that she had the opportunity to look at policing from a very holistic standpoint: what makes people commit a crime? Is there something from an emotional standpoint that could be addressed earlier in a life that would help someone avoid making risky decisions later in life? 


Michelle created the LEAP program which directly addresses these issues and allows her policing team to not only connect with their community on a more human level, but also connect at-risk families and children with the resources they need to get ahead. Michelle also created Crown & Shield, an after school program for girls which teaches not just yoga, mindfulness and journaling, but self defense as well.  


I love that Michelle is protecting and truly serving her community by looking at policing from a holistic standpoint. I think what she's doing for not just young girls but all the residents in her jurisdiction is really admirable! 



Loren's Badass Chick of the Week highlights local women and girls giving back to the community, following their passion and/or breaking stereotypes. If YOU have a Badass Chick you want to see highlighted, email Loren@1033ampradio.com!

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