$684 Million Allocated to Citizen Security and Justice Programme


The Citizen Security and Justice programme(CSJP), which is being executed by the Ministry of National Security, has been allocated $684 million to carry out phase two works in the new fiscal year, which begins April 1.
As contained in the 2010/11 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives, the allocation will continue the implementation of the Integrated Management System, which started in phase I; procure consultancy services to develop safety plans for eight communities; enable the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies to develop and implement training programmes for 12 Community Action Committees; and implement Rapid Impact Projects in three communities.
It will also facilitate the delivery of violence prevention services to approximately 1,500 residents by non governmental organisations; design and deliver vocational skills training programmes to approximately 400 at-risk persons; and provide tuition support to about 50 needy students.
Additionally, safe spaces, such as gardens and playgrounds, will be created in three communities; furniture and equipment will be provided for a community centre in Russia, Westmoreland; while media/education campaigns will be implemented to foster attitudinal change and peaceful co-existence among community members.
Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Jamaica, the CSJP aims to prevent and reduce violence, strengthen crime management capabilities, and improve the delivery of judicial services. It started in December 2009 and has been extended until December 2013.
Already under the project, residents in 15 communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) have benefitted from skills training and educational services; students in 26 communities in the KMA and the western region have received tuition support, while there is continued implementation of the Integrated Management System.
Targets over the next three years include the refurbishing and equipping of six rehabilitated multi-purpose centres; the establishment of 15 community situational crime prevention support programmes; and the development and implementation of 28 safety plans, one per target community.
In addition, 6,800 youths are expected to benefit from initiatives to build their social skills and enhance their employability; 10,500 persons from at risk families are to benefit from anti-violence and parent training programmes; 15 small infrastructure development projects (Rapid Impact) are to be developed and implemented; eight community justice tribunals are to be set up.

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