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First female DCP retires

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Retired Deputy Commisioner of Police Jevene Bent directs the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band.
Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Jevene Bent wipes tears during her send-off parade on Tuesday. - contributed photos

THE FIRST female Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Jevene Bent completed her final day in office shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, after ending a career which spanned 36 years and 10 months.

DCP Bent, who taught for many years before joining the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 1977, was Jamaica's and the region's first female deputy commissioner of police.

As a young police officer coming through the ranks, she was one to admire because of her knowledge of the job, her drive for success, and her strong sense of discipline.

From the farming district of Red Bank in Southfield, St Elizabeth, DCP Bent transcended many boundaries on her way to becoming the highest-ranking woman to serve the male-dominated organisation. Her career path also provided many hurdles and challenges which she overcame successfully.

Bent served many divisions in the JCF, which included head of Area 1 and Area 2 police divisions, assistant commissioner in charge of the Training Branch, deputy commissioner of police in charge of administration, among many others.