Citizen Security & Justice Programme

The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) is a multi-faceted crime- and violence-prevention programme jointly funded through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a grant from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID). The programme was established to enhance citizen security and justice in Jamaica.The Programme Manager is Simeon Robinson.

The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • Prevent and reduce crime and violence
  • Strengthen crime management capabilities
  • Improve the delivery of judicial services

The programme focuses on building community safety and security, and providing violence-prevention services to vulnerable and volatile communities. It also includes specific training activities in various areas and seeks to contribute to holistic development of participants. Some of the activities that have been undertaken as a part of the programme are

  • Providing training in conflict resolution, healthy parenting and gang interruption techniques to community members, including school children
  • Setting up Community Action Committees to implement safety plans
  • Promoting positive citizen-police relations  and ensuring government services are better coordinated at the local level
  • Making job skills and entrepreneurship training more accessible for vulnerable groups, particularly at-risk youth and women
  • Increasing access to justice for people, especially women, by providing victim support services, dispute resolution, and public education on justice-related rights and services
  • Diverting children from the courts and incarceration by channeling them into reintegration programmes