CSJP gets More Than $1 Billion

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(Contributed by the Jamaica Information Service)

More than  $1 billion has been allocated to the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, to carry out crime and violence prevention programmes in targeted communities.

This is outlined in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives.

The money allocated for the new fiscal year will go towards the continuation of social interventions in 50 communities, by providing: Parenting Education and counselling interventions; violence interruption services; support to 45 Community Action Committees; and provide support for community infrastructure projects, including multipurpose centres.

It will also be used for job training (at the Jamaica Defence Force) and employment internship opportunities; business development training and small grants; support to develop 14 community safety plans and 14 community profiles (to include women’s and children’s safety audits); social marketing and media campaigns (particularly on gang culture and social norm transformation); and the development of a case management system for adequate monitoring of interventions.

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.

There have been several achievements under the third phase, which began in December 2014.

These include the training of 55 parent trainers, who delivered parenting services to 51 parents; provision of counselling interventions for 95 individuals; implementation of crime prevention through sports campaigns; and the implementation of seven general and specialised messaging campaigns to promote behavioural change.

Other achievements included the provision of: vocational skills training for 277 beneficiaries; tuition support for 651 secondary students and 541 tertiary students; and on-the-job training, whereby 296 persons were placed.

Additional achievements included: the construction of one community centre and the renovation of three community centres.

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