JIS News

The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) has welcomed the community of Gordon Pen, St. Catherine, to its family with the use of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, at an event held today (January 17), at the Eltham Park Primary School and Gordon Pen Football Field in Spanish Town.

“The PeaceMobile marks entry into new communities and forms part of the CSJP’s comprehensive public education programme, as it easily galvanizes rapid community support and builds awareness,” said Communications Officer at the CSJP, Leroy Porteous.

The CSJP’s expansion into new communities, he said, is being facilitated through a recent injection of 7.25 million Pounds Sterling grant from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as a result, more than 7,000 young people across the island are set to benefit from the expansion of services under the CSJP.

In addition, several government and private sector agencies have partnered with the CSJP, in an effort to bring their services into the communities where residents can easily gain access.

Residents of the Gordon Pen community, Mr. Porteous added, have benefitted immensely from the services of these stakeholders, including the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Tax Administration of Jamaica, National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Restorative Justice, Dispute Resolution Foundation, Community Security and Safety Branch, National Housing Trust and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning.

“As a result of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, residents of the community were able to submit applications for birth certificates, tax registration numbers (TRN), and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) cards,” Mr. Porteous said.

He added that the first 100 applications submitted to the RGD would be processed at no cost to the residents.

Mr. Porteous also highlighted that the CSJP will be continuing its quest to implement its social intervention programmes in three additional communities by the end of the fiscal year, namely, Central Village and Greendale in St. Catherine, as well as White Hall/Red Hills Road in St. Andrew.

The Communications Officer noted that Gordon Pen is the 47th community that it operates in thus far, and that entry into the other communities will bring the total number to 50.

The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative focusing on building community safety and security, and reducing poverty.