Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, who co-ordinates policing operations in South Yorkshire, has been selected to travel to Brazil to help police England football supporters during the World Cup.
She will liaise with the Brazilian authorities on behalf of officers from England travelling to the football tournament in a bid to help keep the peace.
Working with the Football Supporters’ Federation she will also relay policing and safety messages to fans.
Sheffield weather: Met Office issues thunderstorm warning as heatwave set to end with heavy rain and lightning
Rivelin Valley Road Sheffield: Body found after police search of Rivelin Valley
Hosepipe ban: Reservoir near Sheffield less than 15 per cent full as photos show how water levels have plunged
Lakeside Doncaster: Major search launched by emergency services after man gets into difficulty in water
High Green assault: Sheffield bus driver punched on his break leaving him with facial injuries
Chief Supt Barber, who started policing football matches as a bobby before rising through the ranks and becoming a match day commander and then put in charge of Operational Support Services, said she is honoured at her appointment in Brazil.
Her tour of the South American country will last as long as England remain in the competition.
She is due to land ahead of the English team and their supporters in a bid to help plan the massive policing operation in and around a host of cities across Brazil, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Manaus. Fellow South Yorkshire police officer and Premiership referee, Howard Webb, is also travelling to Brazil to officiate some games.
His performance in the last World Cup in South Africa earned him the tournament final.
Chief Supt Barber, who admits she is not a football fan, said: “I am proud to have been given this role and it probably helps that I am not a football fan as I won’t be bothered about missing any of the games - I will be concentrating solely on the policing of them.
“I did a pre-tournament visit to the three cities where England will be playing the groups stages to meet Brazilian colleagues and to look at the stadia and identify where the England supporters are likely to go.”