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Gov't says community-based anti-crime initiative showing results – JIS

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 8:24 AM

The Government says its community-based anti-crime initiative, the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), has resulted in a 17  per cent reduction in all serious and violent crimes. 

A release from the Jamaica Information Service on the matter did not state over what period the reduction was recorded.

However, the multimillion-US-dollar programme has been operating since September 2001 with major support from the Inter-American Development Bank. 

The reduction being attributed to the CSJP comes even as the police record a 20 per cent increase in murders so far this year when compared with the similar period last year. 

Meanwhile, according to the JIS report, speaking recently, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, noted that the programme was now moving into its third phase. 

Bunting reportedly said major emphasis is being placed on children believed to be at risk. 

JIS says the Government and the IDB recently signed a US$55 million agreement to finance the third phase of the CSJP.

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