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Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, has said that the Ministry’s Crime Prevention/Community Safety Programme has been successful in transforming once crime-ridden communities.
The Minister, who was making his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate yesterday (June13) in the House of Representatives, cited the Community Security Initiative (CSI) as one of the programmes, which has achieved significant success. The programme, which is being carried out in the communities of Matthews Lane, March Pen Road and Dunkirk, was put in place to re-establish a social contract between once marginalized communities and the state.
“The CSI methodology has worked in the once crime-ridden communities of Dunkirk and Matthews Lane. The methodology is based on the theory that communities can be stabilized if well thought-out and adequate social intervention programmes are implemented following the dismantling of criminal networks,” said the Minister.
“Residents in Dunkirk will tell you that their community has experienced a drastic reduction in murders, moving from 65 in 2005 to 1 in 2006,” he stated, adding that since the start of the year, no murders have been recorded in Dunkirk.
The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), another aspect of the Crime Prevention/Community Safety Programme, has also had tremendous success in several communities.
The CSJP supports vulnerable communities through refurbishing and equipping multi-purpose centres, where services by a number of non-governmental organizations and other service organizations can be delivered, and where residents can engage in other social activities.
Under the programme, up to 10 multi-purpose community facilities are to be renovated.
The Security Minister also informed the House that recently, the CSJP in collaboration with the National Youth Service (NYS) conducted a six-week camp at Chestervale for approximately 180 young persons, mostly males, from the 15 CSJP communities.
“The camp was conducted within the crime prevention framework of the programme and its main objectives were to re-socialize the participants and provide them with skills to make them employable,” he informed.
Participants were provided with academic, vocational and management skills. The camp ended with a graduation ceremony for 139 persons, and is to be followed by job placements for six months, at established private and public sector entities.
In his presentation, Dr. Phillips also commented on the significant success that the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) has made in both St. James and the Corporate Area in “helping to quell outbreaks of violence within and between communities.”
The Minister expressed his gratitude to Bishop Hero Blair and Bishop Charles Dufour and their teams, for the work done under this initiative.

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