STAR Salute : DSP Beeput living her dream
Being a physically demanding job that can be dangerous at times, many women would think twice about joining the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). However, that was never the case for Sharon Beeput. She joined 29 years ago and today she is a deputy superintendent of police in charge of Hanover.
“It has not always been easy, but I am fully committed to doing the best I can,” said Beeput.
“I came to the Hanover Division at a time when the crime rate was up, but since I got here, we have been working to bring it down through various strategies, as well as by motivating and encouraging the officers,” said Beeput.
“For the team, our intention is to reduce the number of murders, dismantle the gangs and rebuild the people’s trust and confidence in the police.”
The murder rate in Hanover has been on a runaway course. According to police data, more than 30 murders have been committed in the parish since the start of the year, which represents a rise of 100 per cent when compared with the similar period last year. Although getting somewhat of a baptism of fire in the once-peaceful parish, Beeput is undaunted by the challenges.
While she is not intimidated by hardcore policing, Beeput has a soft spot for community policing, hence the joy she experienced while working in the Community Safety and Security Branch. She was also quite at home, managing the St James Police football team.
“This is the career path I choose and I am fully prepared to give it my all every single day.”
“This job calls for discipline, dedication and a willingness to learn from your superiors and others who are more experienced than you are,” said Beeput, who joined the JCF in April 1988.
“I have a lot experience working between the parishes of St James and Hanover.
Beeput was born in Westmoreland but grew up in Cornwall Gardens in Montego Bay, St James. After completing her high-school education in the mid-1980s, without much prompting, she made the step to the JCF to fulfil her dreams of becoming a police officer.
“I knew I would be right at home in the JCF as a woman, albeit it is a male-dominated profession ... . The thing about the police force is that you can achieve the goals that you want ... . I have achieved goals such as furthering my education,” said Beeput.
“Joining the police force was a dream I had growing up, and once I mustered the courage to take the test, I have not looked back, and I have no regrets,” added Beeput.