JIS News

The Improving Governance Through Citizen Security and Participation project has been allocated $140 million in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to assist the government to address the challenges of democracy and good governance.
The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, will seek to build on programmes under the previous strategy by strengthening civil society; improve community police relations (replicating the Grant’s Pen model in other similar communities); and strengthen the rule of law, including targeting the crises of crime and poverty in inner-city communities.
Started in October 2005, the project is slated to end in September 2009 and has as its targets, the replication of the community policing model at Grant’s Pen in other crime-plagued communities to include training of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) officers and community residents; promotion of community-based activities to enhance positive interaction between police and citizens, such as clean-up days and sporting competitions; establishment of model community policing service facilities and capacity building support for community based-organizations including the establishment of Community Policy Management Committees (CPMC).
Other targets envisaged include youth focused activities such as mentorship and summer camps; domestic violence reduction activities and community consensus building activities.
Achievements up to March of this year include the training of officers of the Grant’s Pen Police station on the new policy and procedure manual that has been completed and is being printed; and the training of appropriate personnel in investigative and forensic techniques and crime analysis. Members of the CPMC were also trained on community crime prevention and community residents, while pastors from the ministers fraternal and police officers were also trained on collaborative problem solving.
Other achievements to date include mentorship training for 40 officers by the University of the West Indies (UWI); development of case management software; installation and handing over to the JCF national computer centre at Grant’s Pen; completion of the JCF netball competition for young women in Grant’s Pen and the initiation of a JCF ‘Comfort Zone’ Saturday mentoring programme by police assigned to the Grant’s Pen station with children at risk from New Day and Shortwood schools.
Anticipated physical targets for this fiscal year should see procurement of an ambulance for the police centre in Grant’s Pen; establishment of homework, conflict resolution and peace centres; and commencement of activities for additional community policing facilities in selected communities.
The Improving Governance Through Citizen Security and Participation project is funded by the Jamaican government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).