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  • Greater emphasis will be placed on community policing with the implementation of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III this fiscal year.
  • Minister Bunting made the disclosure while giving a special lecture entitled ‘The Underpinning of Crime in Jamaica from Quant to Kartel: The need for Divine Intervention’.
  • A third of the programme will look at providing community level justice mechanisms such as Legal Aid, mediation, restorative justice, and dispute resolution.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting says greater emphasis will be placed on community policing with the implementation of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III this fiscal year.

The Minister made the disclosure while giving a special lecture entitled ‘The Underpinning of Crime in Jamaica from Quant to Kartel: The need for Divine Intervention’ held at the Jamaica Theological Seminary in St. Andrew, on April 16.

He explained that a third of the programme will look at providing community level justice mechanisms such as Legal Aid, mediation, restorative justice, and dispute resolution.

He added that the Government will spend US$12 million on the programme, including on victim and family support.

“So we are putting a big emphasis on that because we recognise that one of the ‘services’ that the dons have so called provided in certain communities have been dispensing justice and we want to fill that vacuum,” Mr. Bunting said.

He also informed that efforts are being made to shift community policing from the Citizen Safety and Security Branch to make it the main stream of policing operations.

Meanwhile, the National Security Minister highlighted that police fatal shootings have dropped by almost half, year to date.

“It is about half what it was last year and that is not by accident. That is because we are changing the way in (which) the police are relating to the community, we are changing the way in which we plan operations to minimise the violent engagement of criminals… the probability of it and we are starting to see results,” Mr. Bunting stated.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on Wednesday, April 16, reported that it has recorded a sharp decline in security force-related fatalities for the first quarter of 2014.

At the end of the first quarter, the Commission recorded a total of 40 fatalities. This is 36 less than the first quarter of 2013. This represents a 47.3 per cent drop in the number of such fatalities.

In January 2014, the Commission recorded 22 fatalities, down from the 30 recorded in January last year, representing a 26.6 per cent decrease. Meanwhile, in February, 14 fatalities were recorded, down from 27 in 2013. This is a 48.1 per cent decrease.

For the month of March, INDECOM record four fatalities, which is the lowest in the history of the Commission. This represents a 78.9 per cent decrease over the 19 fatalities recorded in March, 2013.