Funding for community interventions

KINGSTON — The Jamaica government intends to spend $5 billion over the next four years on interventions in communities across Jamaica, as the Ministry of National Security launches the Citizen Security and Justice Programme III.

The CSJP is a multifaceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to vulnerable and volatile communities and conducts institutional strengthening of the ministry.

Security Minister Peter Bunting, who provided details during his recent Sectoral Debate presentation, said this third phase of the crime and violence prevention initiative will be much improved over the previous two segments.

He said that the programme will be funded by the Government through inter-national partners such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The present programme, which has been working with at-risk youth in some 50 volatile communities, will come to an end in December.

Bunting said his ministry has commissioned an evaluation of the previous two phases to ensure that the initiative will build upon the successes, as well as ensure that the interventions will provide sustainable opportunities for the growth and development of the country’s citizens.

He said that CSJP III will maintain the basic elements of the original programme, but will be redefined to include a national crime prevention focus. This, he said, will expand its reach beyond volatile inner-city areas to address early signs of social disorganisation in communities across the island.

As such, the number of beneficiaries under the skills development and job placement component, being undertaken in collaboration with the Jamaica Defence Force, will be widened to include vulnerable youth from rural communities island wide. (Observer)

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