CSJP III Gets $880 Million Injection

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(Contributed by the Jamaica Information Service)

A sum of $880 million has been allocated to the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III to carry out crime and violence prevention programmes in targeted communities.

The money allocated for the new fiscal year will see $15 million going towards parenting education; $20 million for counselling interventions; $30 million for violence interruption services; $77 million for social marketing; and $138 million for community governance and infrastructure.

In addition, $183 million will be used to carry out remedial education and vocational skills training; $23 million for tuition support; $179 million for on-the-job placement training; $40 million for the implementation of a client management database; and $43 million for programme evaluation surveys.

Being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, CSJP aims to prevent and reduce violence, strengthen crime management capabilities, and improve the delivery of judicial services.

Phase one was completed in 2009, and the third phase was carried out from 2009 to 2013.

There have been several achievements under the third phase, which began in December 2014. These include training of 106 parent trainers, who delivered parenting services to approximately 400 households; providing counselling interventions for 500 individuals; implementation of crime prevention through sports campaigns; and the building and renovation of community infrastructure.

Other achievements include the provision of: vocational skills training for 213 beneficiaries; tuition support for 372 secondary students and 395 tertiary students; remedial/pre-vocational education for 13 beneficiaries; and on-the-job training whereby 155 persons were placed.

The project, which is slated to end in November 2019, is being funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development; the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; the Government of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank.