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National Security Minister Derrick Smith gave the government’s commitment that social interventions would be better managed increased and sustained. He was speaking at the Peace Management Initiative PMI 6th anniversary luncheon and awards held at the Hilton Kingston hotel.
In his remarks the minister outlined that the government intended to accelerate the current social intervention programmes and to implement additional measures within respective communities. “We as an administration intend to establish a coordinating body to ensure that all these interventions both locally and overseas are properly managed” he said.
The minister outlined further that while the government wants to address the social issues, other issues such as electricity, water and proper roads would also need to be addressed. He said a special effort would be made in the area of training to correct some of the problems in the inner city communities.
In reference to the PMI, the minister said it has saved many lives and gave the full commitment of the Ministry of National Security to deal with crime and violence. He also highlighted what he referred to as “the slowing down of the runaway problems that we are faced with.” This he said was due to the joint task force which sees the JDF and JCF working together and achieving results. “They have been getting a lot of those guns in the respective communities” he said.
He also commended former Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips and others who brought the PMI on board. He said that he would “never be reluctant to adopt and continue to support any programme or initiative implemented by the previous administration” that he finds to be useful in the fight against crime.
Other commendations were extended to Chairman of the PMI Bishop Herro Blair and his team and the community members involved. “We expect you to continue doing your work” said the minister.
The peace management initiative was formed in 2002 with the mandate to prevent the spilling of more blood by “hard” police responses. The idea grew out of a series of discussions between the two major political parties. Its main strength in social intervention is to bring warring and dividing factions together through mediation, conflict resolution, counselling and therapeutic sessions.

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