Corporal Shandy Scott - living outside the box
Who said you must be confined to one category? That is certainly not the case with Corporal Shandy Scott. Her job to serve, protect and reassure is a task she performs in many ways. Do what you love, cross borders and achieve all that you desire are what she has demonstrated.
The Portland native is a past student of the Port Antonio High School, from which she graduated in 2003 with only two Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. Determined to excel, she moved on to Marymount High School, where she spent two years.
"Marymount High changed my outlook on life, and it was there that my potential began to manifest. I became a prefect, sat five CSEC subjects, and achieved distinction of grade1 in all five," Scott told Flair.
In 2006, she enlisted into the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but three years later, due to unforeseen circumstances, she was forced to resign. Shortly after, she gained employment at the Portland Cooperative Credit Union. She was comfortable, but could not resist the urge to be a police officer, and in 2009 she rejoined the force.
In 2016, she completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Gender and Development, Criminology and Social Policy and Development at the University of West Indies, Mona. This opened another door for her, this time to China and England.
In the same year, she was crowned Miss United Nations World, first runner-up to Miss United Nations 2016.
"I was[now] able to use my platform to inspire others. I travelled to China for academic purposes and became a cultural representative for Jamaica," Scott said.
"I live and work to be much more than an ordinary police officer. I always seek opportunities to expand my horizon and grow. I have always sought to extend myself beyond my job by doing my best to contribute positively to Jamaica in diverse ways," she explained.
Scott is also a mother and a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Jamaica Youth Volunteers Programme; Woman Incorporated Crisis Centre; JN Action and UNITE for Change Volunteer and Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation. And yes, there is more to her name. In 2015, she was awarded the LASCO JCF Police Officer of the Year Divisional Award for the parish of St Thomas, and is a philanthropist.
Her journey has pushed her to encourage all Jamaicans to help in developing the country.
She said, " If we can inspire one person by doing something small in a big way, we can inspire hope. As a country, we have a far way to go and lots of changes to be made if we desire a better future."