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Gov't allocates $5b for crime and violence-prevention initiative

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2013 | 9:44 AM

JIS:

The Government is to spend approximately $5 billion over the next four years on interventions in communities across Jamaica.




This comes as the Ministry of National Security launches the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III.



Security minister Peter Bunting, who provided details during his recent Sectoral presentation, said this third phase of the crime and violence-prevention initiative will be much improved over the previous two segments.



He informed that the programme will be funded by the Government through international partners such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and the Inter-American Development Bank.



The present programme, which has been working with at-risk youth in some 50 volatile communities, will come to an end in December, 2013.



Bunting said that CSJP III will maintain the basic elements of the original programme, but will be redefined to include a national crime prevention focus.



This, he said, will expand its reach beyond volatile inner-city areas, to address early signs of social dis-organisation in communities across the island.



As such, the number of beneficiaries under the skills development and job placement component, being undertaken in collaboration with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), will be widened to include vulnerable youth from rural communities island-wide.



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