Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Crime prevention to get big boost with $1.4b allocation to the CSJP

Dr Nigel Clarke... notable CSJP allocation in Estimates of Expenditure which the minister recently tabled in Parliament.

Dr Nigel Clarke... notable CSJP allocation in Estimates of Expenditure which the minister recently tabled in Parliament.

The Government is to spend big on crime prevention strategies in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

This is seen in the $1.4 billion that has been set aside for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III.

Details of the allocation are outlined in the 2019-2020 Estimates of Expenditure which were tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Finance Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke.

The money is to go towards enhancing citizen security and justice in targeted communities, through improved governance and behavioural changes focused on conflict resolution, social inclusion and safety; and increasing ‘labour market attachment’ among residents.

It is also to be used to conduct training with 80 community parent trainers, 10 parenting field officers and 663 parents, and provide 120 group counselling sessions.

There will also be the provision of: vocational skills training for 726 beneficiaries; tuition support for 300 secondary students and 26 tertiary students; remedial/pre-vocational training for 300 beneficiaries; on-the-job training for 100 beneficiaries; employment internship opportunities for 70 interns; and business development grants to 11 small businesses.

The money is also to be used to conduct impact evaluations on the parenting and vocational skills programme, and the satisfaction survey on violence-interruption services and parenting programmes; and commence final evaluation of the programme.

There have been several achievements under the third phase of the programme, which began in December 2014. These include training of 167 parent trainers and 189 parents; providing counselling interventions for 2,090 beneficiaries; conducting 612 outreach activities with 45,025 at-risk youth; implementation of a case management system and social marketing campaigns; and implementation of seven situational crime-prevention projects.

Other achievements include the provision of vocational skills training for 1,549 participants; tuition support for 1,128 secondary students and 894 tertiary students; and on-the-job training for 978 persons.

The project is being funded by the Government, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Department for International Development, and Global Affairs Canada.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, and is slated to end in November 2019.

The CSJP III 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 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.

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