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More social intervention programmes coming for high-crime areas in western Jamaica

Thursday, February 21, 2019

MONTEGO BAY, St James — High crime areas in western Jamaica are to be targeted this year as the government ramps up its social intervention programmes in 20 communities across the island.

Under the initiative, high crime areas in Clarendon, St Ann, St James, Hanover, St Catherine, Westmoreland and the corporate Area, which have all seen a steady rise in criminal activities in recent months, will be targeted.

In making the disclosure in Montego Bay on the weekend, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang noted that the social intervention programmes will be similar to those currently taking place under the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO).

“We will be taking on the 20 most challenging areas across the island under this new phase of social intervention and areas in western Jamaica will be our focus, then we move to Clarendon, parts of Kingston and sections of St Catherine and St Ann,” said Dr Chang.

According to the minister, areas in western Jamaica which will be placed under the programme are the communities of Norwood, Glendevon, Flanker, Anchovy, Adelphi, Salt Spring and Cambridge in St James, and those in Westmoreland will include Russia, Grange Hill and Dalling Street.

Dr Chang said the new roll-out will also focus on communities that have a large population of squatter settlements and in parishes which have seen a significant decline in economic activities due to the fallout in the sugar industry.

He argued that the ministry of national security will continue its partnership with Citizens Security and Justice Programme and Jamaica Social Investment Fund in establishing the planned social intervention programmes, noting that the partnerships with the two agencies in Mount Salem, St James, and Denham Town in Kingston, have been very successful.