St. James to Benefit from Integrated Social Intervention Strategy

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  • Residents of St. James are to be the first beneficiaries of an Integrated Social Intervention Strategy and Action Plan, as part of the Government’s crime-prevention strategy.
  • This strategy will be pursued by the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. The CPTED strategy is to be developed during the 2018/19 financial year.
  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who gave details during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12, said the initiative will be one of the Ministry’s new strategic thrusts for targeted social-intervention activities within vulnerable communities.

Residents of St. James are to be the first beneficiaries of an Integrated Social Intervention Strategy and Action Plan, as part of the Government’s crime-prevention strategy.

This strategy will be pursued by the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles. The CPTED strategy is to be developed during the 2018/19 financial year.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who gave details during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12, said the initiative will be one of the Ministry’s new strategic thrusts for targeted social-intervention activities within vulnerable communities.

The project, which is being developed by the Ministry of National Security under the guidance of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), seeks to assist in the coordination and implementation of social development programmes that focus on music, sports and technology (MST).

“Effective youth engagement, from a crime-prevention perspective, involves relevant activities that can positively change antisocial behaviours. Music is the soul of all Jamaicans. Sports and technology can attract our young men and women and have proven to mould and shape the social exchanges and mindsets of our Jamaican youth. If we introduce them at this stage, we can reduce delinquency in these volatile areas and promote contact with positive role models, such as coaches and musicians, with whom they interact and learn,” he said.

Key activities will be delivered in the focus areas of social development, community cohesion, social inclusion, economic and infrastructural development

This, the Minister noted, is aimed at achieving the outcome of improved social capital, strengthened governance structure and violence reduction.

Dr. Chang said the MST concept will be implemented through partnerships across all sectors in vulnerable communities, with a focus on promoting public order and enhancing access to social amenities, such as Wi-Fi-supported homework and recreational zones and social capital in vulnerable communities.

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