The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP II) will be expanded from 39 to 50 communities, during this legislative year.
This was revealed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech on Thursday, April 4, in Gordon House.
He further informed that under the programme,500 ‘at-risk’ youth will be provided with training in construction skills in partnership with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security.
The programme provides crime and violence-prevention services to vulnerable and volatile communities, and conducts institutional strengthening for the Ministry of National Security.
According to the CSJP website, following the completion of CSJP Phase 1 in December 2009, the programme was expanded from 29 to 39 communities as a result of a merger with the Ministry of National Security’s Community Security Initiative (CSI), another crime prevention initiative, in January 2011.
CSJP II is jointly funded through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The programme currently serves 39 volatile and vulnerable communities in eight parishes. They are Kingston; St Andrew, St. James, Westmoreland, St. Ann, St. Mary, Clarendon and St. Catherine.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter