Community policing, other measures to cut crime in New Year

Published: Thursday | December 26, 2013 Comments 0

Come 2014, the Government will be strengthening its crime prevention strategies, by focusing on community policing and other measures outlined in the National Crime Prevention and Community Safety Strategy (NCPCSS).

Speaking during a recent Jamaica Information Service Think Tank, Director of Crime Prevention and Community Safety in the Ministry of National Security Courtney Brown, said that the ministry has recognised that additional attention needs to be paid to approaches that emphasise prevention.

He noted that, for some time, the focus has been on crime control. However, he is of the view that prevention strategies, combined with law-enforcement approaches, would yield more positive results.

"Crime control has been our traditional approach and has produced mixed results over the years. In the most recent times, there has been a reduction in the national homicide rate from 62 per 100,000 in 2009 to 40 per 100,000 at the end of 2012. This was achieved primarily, but not solely, through enhanced law enforcement approaches," Brown highlighted.

He said greater emphasis would be placed on engaging communities in the crime-prevention programmes.

This would be done through strategies such as community policing; restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution; and violence interruption, trauma management, victim support, and child-diversion measures.

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