The Jamaica National Crime Victimisation Survey has been given $6 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
With support funding from the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID), the project, which started in October 2012, is expected to end in July 2013.
It seeks to contribute to the detailed and accurate analysis of major crime trends in Jamaica; and provide data on the types and incidence of crimes not reported to the police.
It also aims to provide uniform data on specific types of crime, which will form the basis for future comparisons at the community, national and international levels; develop detailed information on criminal victimisation, including demographic data on victims; and generate important comparative data on the outcome of targeted social interventions in specific communities.
The allocation for this fiscal year will go towards drafting the final report for submission; and delivery of PowerPoint presentations to officials in Jamaica, to enable them to present the data by July 2013.
The project is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter