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Prime Minister Bruce Golding says Government has set aside in this year’s budget $682 million to continue work on a number of social intervention programmes, including the Citizens Security and Justice programme.
He said that under the Citizens Security and Justice Programme, some 17 communities have already been targeted and that the programme had been successful in some communities but had failed in others. Under the programme efforts are made to try and wean members of communities away from criminal activities.
Mr. Golding was responding to questions at this morning’s (July 23) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House. The briefing followed his presentation in Parliament yesterday during which he outlined the government’s new legislative measures to fight crime. He disclosed that in addition to the crime fighting legislation, government had also initiated a number of social intervention programmes. ‘We have had a number of social intervention initiatives, some financed and promoted by government and some by non-government organizations. We are trying to synchronize them so that everyone can be aware of what is happening and to collaborate on them, rather than collide with each other’. He said government has been looking at the effectiveness of its own programmes which have worked in some communities.
Mr. Golding said money had been spent under the Citizens Security and Justice Programme in places like Rockfort, Drewsland, August Town, and Tower Hill, but these communities continue to be the source of violence and conflict. The programme has however, worked in places like Kencot, which is represented by Opposition Member of Parliament, Peter Phillips and Mr. Golding’s own constituency – Fletcher’s Land.
He said that in an effort to try to identify the reasons for the failure of the Citizens Security and Justice Programme in some communities, he had instructed the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Ministry of National Security to do a serious evaluation before spending the $682million identified in the budget.