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Source: Black Britain

The Governor-General of Jamaica, Professor Kenneth Hall announced government plans to spend U$32 million in the next year in a major project to tackle poverty and crime on the island.
The project, which will involve regeneration of inner-city communities, was announced at the opening of the new parliament during a speech that signalled the start of the new financial year for 2006-2007.

It has long been acknowledged that many of Jamaica’s impoverished communities which lack access to basic facilities are a breeding ground for crime and social disorder.

The project aims to provide better access to basic services such as water and improve solid waste management and road structures with a view to promoting sustainable development.
Last year Jamaica recorded 1669 deaths, which gave the island of just 2.7 million people the third highest per capita murder rate in the world, behind South Africa and Colombia.

During her inaugural address at the beginning of April, the new Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller acknowledged: “the stigma and loss due to crime and violence,” and pledged to use her position to “facilitate change.”

The Prime Minister said that by working in partnership with the Jamaican people, together they would: “eradicate crime and drive the criminals from our communities.”
Professor Hall pledged during his speech that Jamaica would strive to meet its Millennium Development goals which are “aimed at meeting basic needs in terms of health, food, security and minimum elements of social well-being.”

In order to help crack the crime problem in Jamaica, in recent years several high ranking officers have joined the Jamaica Constabulory Force, including Marke Shields, a former Scotland Yard Detective who has become Jamaica’s Deputy Commissioner of Police.