St. Elizabeth SDC Working to Keep Communities Safe


The Social Development Commission (SDC) in St. Elizabeth is working in partnership with the police to keep communities safe, and expand trust and good relations between the security forces and the citizens in the parish.
During an address at a recent St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation crime forum held at the Black River HEART Trust/NTA Academy, Regional Director of the SDC, Cynthia Hill, told the gathering that the move to focus on community safety came out of an initiative with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to work towards a strategic approach for community security, where they will seek to integrate community policing within the governance and planning systems at the community level.
“This initiative creates the space for community members to actively participate in the process of problem solving, postulates an expanded look on crime control and prevention. It seeks to create an environment which fosters a reduction in poverty, enhances security, and it is being implemented in our region, Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, with funding from the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and the USAID (United States Agency for International Development),” Mrs. Hill stated.
Communities that the have seen implementation of the programme ARE: Caanan Heights and Mineral Heights, in Clarendon, Comfort and Green Vale, in Manchester; and Logwood and Burnt Ground, in St. Elizabeth. Two meetings have been held with the police and citizens in Black River and Santa Cruz, and a stakeholder’s consultation will take place in early January, to sensitize the residents of benefits under the initiative.
“The Social Development Commission stands ready to partner with, or give support to entities that have a vested interest in supporting communities in their quest to improve the quality of life for all citizens, especially when our security and safety are threatened by a few in the society,” she said.

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