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The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) is set to receive a cash injection of $1.07 billion to carry out its work this fiscal year.

This is set out in the 2012/2013 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

With funding support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Department for International Development (DFID), the project aims to contribute to the reduction of crime and violence in 50 volatile communities through the financing of prevention and strategic interventions that will address identified individual, family and community risk factors.

The CSJP, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, is scheduled to run from December 2009 to December 2013.

Initial targets originally envisaged include: the implementation of an inter-agency integrated management system by 2011; furnish and equip six rehabilitated multi-purpose centres; implementation of 15 community situational crime prevention support programmes; to help 6,800 youth to build social skills and strengthen their employability; and to see 10,500 persons benefit from anti-violence and parent training programmes.

Other targets are: the implementation of 15 small infrastructure development projects; establishment of eight community justice tribunals and the execution of seven marketing and public education campaign programmes to foster peace.

For this financial year, the Government hopes to continue the implementation of skills training and educational programmes in 50 communities; the establishment of seven rapid impact projects in new communities; provide summer employment for 180 persons; establish one restorative justice centre; procure electronic solution for traffic ticketing issuing system; and train 50 police to use the electronic traffic ticketing solution. 

Achievements up to March 2012 include: skills training and education services provided to residents in 39 communities in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and the western region; violence prevention services facilitated through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to approximately 3,500 persons; the participation of 257 persons in the employment internship programme; and tuition support provided to approximately 2,518 students in 39 communities in KMA and western region.