Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Changes coming to social intervention, community policing - Chang

Dr Horace Chang

Dr Horace Chang

The Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang has indicated that the government will be taking a different approach to social intervention and community policing. 

While speaking at a virtual press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister recently, Chang pointed out that gangs, organised crime, corruption and violence are some of the major challenges affecting Jamaica and negatively impacting public order and public safety.

“We have reorganised social interventions from projects to social transformation initiatives. We have shifted the emphasis from well written projects, to practical, citizen specific and culturally relevant interventions,” he said.  

The minister added that the country’s leadership has taken an “all of Government approach” to social intervention, which should see increased performance outcomes. 

“All the relevant ministries, departments and agencies are now intimately involved in the social transformation processes in the identified communities,” the minister said.

He explained that under the new initiative, “Funding is more targeted, and by working alongside the various civic and state agencies, we are providing improved services with equitable access. We are rebuilding stronger communities, with independent, productive citizens who will no longer require the support of the dons,” Chang stated.  

He further added that the safety and security of our country is paramount and the Government remains “unwavering in our commitment to substantial and sustained improvement in security, an unrelenting drive to eradicate corruption, and bold and decisive action to finally deal with social exclusion”.

For his part, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson said the Jamaica Constabulary Force has been successful in obtaining convictions in the work it has been doing to combat gangs, particularly in the Uchence Wilson case.  He noted that murders decreased 1.9 per cent, shootings went down by 1.7 per cent, while all other major criminal activities declined by almost 20 per cent when compared to the similar period in 2019. 

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