More Communities to Benefit Under CSJP

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(Contributed by the Jamaica Information Service)

The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP II) will be expanded from 39 to 50 communities, during this legislative year.

This was revealed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech on Thursday, April 4, in Gordon House.

He further informed that under the programme,500 ‘at-risk’ youth will be provided with training in construction skills in partnership with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security.

The programme provides crime and violence-prevention services to vulnerable and volatile communities, and conducts institutional strengthening for the Ministry of National Security.

According to the CSJP website, following the completion of CSJP Phase 1 in December 2009, the programme was expanded from 29 to 39 communities as a result of a merger with the Ministry of National Security’s Community Security Initiative (CSI), another crime prevention initiative, in January 2011.

CSJP II is jointly funded through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The programme currently serves 39 volatile and vulnerable communities in eight parishes. They are Kingston; St Andrew, St. James, Westmoreland, St. Ann, St. Mary, Clarendon and St. Catherine.