Policing can be rewarding... Sproul-Thomas promoted to assistant commissioner of police
Millicent Sproul-Thomas has become the third female in the history of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to attain the rank of assistant commissioner of police.
Sproul-Thomas, head of the St Andrew Central Division, a native of St Elizabeth, is among five persons who have been promoted from the ranks of senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) to the rank of assistant commissioner of police (ACP).
The others are Richard Stewart, the staff officer for the JCF,;Ronald Anderson of the Protective Services Division; Clifford Chambers from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch; and Fitz Bailey, head of the Clarendon division.
Sproul-Thomas joins Novelette Grant, a deputy commissioner, and Jevene Bent, who retired at the rank of deputy commissioner, who are the only other females to have made it to the rank of assistant commissioner of police.
"It is really a good feeling. I am humbled, and I must say thanks to all the persons within the JCF and out of the JCF who have assisted me by giving me support," Sproul-Thomas told THE STAR.
The senior cop, who spent much of her career in the Criminal Investigation Division (CIB), said she has always wanted to be a member of the constabulary.
"I almost have 30 years in the JCF, and the journey has been challenging yet rewarding. I have used the negatives and I have turned them into positives. I have to say thanks to everyone for the support, including my family, who have helped me along this journey," she said.
"I have always wanted to become a cop, but at the time, I knew nothing about any rank," she added.
The JCF is a male-dominated field, but Sproul-Thomas said there is scope for women in the organisation.
"I have got a lot of support from my female colleagues of all ranks, and I am hoping that soon, and very soon, many more will come through behind me," the senior cop said.
Sproul-Thomas made history in 2015 when she was among six female commanders in the JCF. It was the first time so many women were given responsibilities to manage police divisions across the island.
"I will continue to give of my best to serve, to protect, and to reassure," Sproul-Thomas said.