Heroy Clarke, Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for Central St James, is calling for a review of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) in the parish in order to better serve the communities in the area.
Clarke pointed out that although the organisation has had some success in areas such as scholarship funding and the Goals for Life programme, he still thinks there needs to be a new approach to create a greater positive impact.
"There needs to be a new approach to increase the numbers significantly, especially when one observes that the social deviants in the 15-24 age group are the greatest challenge to the St James and Montego Bay communities which is seriously impacting businesses and the tourism trade," he said.
Clarke said he noted that grant funds had been received from the United Kingdom Department for International Development this month, for the CSJP, to be allocated in four main areas including community mobilisation and governance, socio-economic opportunities, community violence services and community crime prevention services. However, he is calling for the Ministry of National Security to spend the majority of the funding on socio-economic opportunities.
According to Clarke, emphasis should be placed on entrepreneurship through vocational skills, business skills and remedial education for youth as well as microfinance for Central St James.