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The capacity of Government and targeted communities to attain a more peaceful, secure and just society, will be enhanced with an allocation of $18 million in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, for the Jamaica Violence Prevention and Sustainable Development Programme.
This project, which commenced in January last year, has to date been successful in setting up the Ministry of National Security’s policy directorate, including crime prevention and community safety, and a gang symposium.
For this year, the project aims to enhance the design of violence prevention strategies and policies. This is in addition to enhancing the community safety, restorative justice and small arms strategies. Capacity building of the National Security Ministry, the Ministry of Justice, the National Security Strategy Implementing Unit and the National Fire Arm Licensing Authority, will also be a priority this year.
The project will support the development of community safety plans; increase the effectiveness and coherence of international support; and enhance safety in targeted communities.
Funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the project is slated for completion in December 2010.
The 2009/10 Estimates also make provisions for the Jamaica Violence Prevention, Peace and Sustainable Development – Jamaica Constabulary Reform Programme, with an allotment of $16 million.This project sets out to implement the recommendations of the strategic review of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
It is anticipated that for this fiscal year, the project will transform the culture of the JCF; develop and launch the brand and image of the JCF; and establish a new and effective accountability system, which will ensure zero tolerance towards corruption.
The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and is scheduled for completion in March 2010.

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