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  • Several state agencies are to go into the Bayshore Park community in East Rural St. Andrew to address social issues.
  • The police had quelled the recent upsurge of violence in the area.
  • The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), will be involved to ensure that disputes in the area can be mediated.

Representatives from several state agencies are to go into the Bayshore Park community in East Rural St. Andrew, in another two weeks, to address social issues and to help build community structures.

Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Damion Crawford, who is also State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, told JIS News that the police have quelled the recent upsurge of violence in the area.

The Social Development Commission (SDC), he said, will be doing additional work, while the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), will also be involved to ensure that disputes in the area can be mediated.

“The police are very much involved, as they have a high presence there. We will be making a tour there in the middle of the month to ensure that there is some other intervention, at the community level,” the State Minister noted.

Mr. Crawford said that tension in the area should be reduced when the programmes start working.

“These things don’t usually last very long, because there is no basis for it continuing. It is really just reprisals, and that is why after the police intervention, we will be doing community intervention,” the State Minister said.