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  • Custos of St. Ann, the Hon. Norma Walters is assuring members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that they have the full support of every Justice of the Peace, (JP) in the parish, in their efforts to fight crime and violence.
  • Custos Walters gave the commitment as she addressed the launch of a ‘Unite for Change’ forum and First Responders and Violence Interrupters training programme on Sunday (September 28), at the Ocho Rios High School.
  • Custos Walters also expressed satisfaction with the level of support that the launch of the programme received from stakeholders in the parish.

Custos of St. Ann, the Hon. Norma Walters is assuring members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that they have the full support of every Justice of the Peace, (JP) in the parish, in their efforts to fight crime and violence.

Custos Walters gave the commitment as she addressed the launch of a ‘Unite for Change’ forum and First Responders and Violence Interrupters training programme on Sunday (September 28), at the Ocho Rios High School.

“We wholeheartedly join this initiative of honing collective wisdom and capitalizing on our strengths to give a robust response to the demand for justice from a wide cross section of our society. We, in St. Ann, have put our best foot forward and say let all systems go,” she said.

She expressed confidence in the ability of the JCF in St. Ann to deliver on the promise of curbing crime, including reducing the number of shootings and murders.

Meanwhile, Custos Walters welcomed the launch of the First Responders and Violence Interrupters training programme.

She said the intervention has come at a time when the parish is making strides towards finding solutions to crime and violence.

Custos Walters also expressed satisfaction with the level of support that the launch of the programme received from stakeholders in the parish.

“We are deeply appreciative of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s efforts to incorporate citizen’s buy-in and cooperation for the programme to keep us safe and to reduce crime. This launch…is another welcomed intervention. The fine numbers in which you (the citizens) have turned out is indicative of your support,” she stated.

 

The First Responders and Violence Interrupters are trained in areas such as indentifying, responding to, and interrupting violence; community monitoring; and providing referrals (e.g. social workers, counsellors, and the police).

They will be equipped to intervene when they identify a potential conflict or situation that may escalate to violence.

The training is part of the Ministry of National Security’s  strategy to address crime.