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  • The training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees.
  • The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police.
  • Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management.

The relationship between the police and residents of several inner-city communities should see marked improvement following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme.

Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees.

The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities.

Members of the 57th cohort of the programme were presented with certificates during a graduation ceremony, held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on October 3. The group successfully completing the course comprised 38 youth, as well as five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and two from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).

Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing, and family life, over a six-week period.

First Vice President of the JCC, Warren McDonald, said the relationship between the citizens and the police has the potential to be productive or problematic.

“At the level of the society, we need that relationship to be a productive and mutually respectful one that will contribute to facilitating the environment for economic and social development,” he said.

Chairman of the Civic Affairs/Inner-city Development Committees, Sameer Younis, said he was happy that the programme brings the police and the youth together, “so they now understand each other and can bring about some peace.”

He told the participants that they have received an opportunity to empower themselves, and urged them to become economically independent and to focus on personal development, particularly proper family life and family values.