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District constable creates history

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2011 | 12:00 AM
District Constable Denisha James (right) created history in the Jamaica Constabulary Force on Friday when she became the first Force DC motorcycle rider. Here, she is presented with a special award by Inspector Dahlia Garrick of the Motorised Patrol Division during the graduation ceremony at the Elletson Road Police Complex.- Ian Allen/Photographer

Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

Denisha James was eager to serve her country, so when she took the entrance exam and did not get a quick enough response from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), she offered her service as a secretary with the Motorise Patrol Division, Elletson Road, Kingston.

Finally, the day came when she got a call from the Police Academy, asking if she was interested to serve as a district constable.

"I did not hesitate," said the 29-year-old graduate of Alpha Academy.

Today, she is being celebrated as one of the heroines of the police force.


She created history by becoming the first district constable to be officially trained as a JCF motorcycle rider.

Born and raised in the tough inner-city community of Brown's Town, eastern Kingston, James was among a batch of 18 police personnel who graduated as part of the Motorised Patrol Special Response team.

The team is a part of the strategic plan for the Yuletide season.

Another member of the team, Corporal Sherine Campbell, had something special to celebrate also. Come November 12, she would have completed 10 years in the JCF.

When she turned up for work yesterday, Campbell discovered she was among a number of people who got promoted.

"For a moment, I was trembling. It was emotional," said the Edwin Allen High past student, who is also a mother of two.