The Reducing Small Arms & Light Weapons in Jamaica joint programme (SALIENT Jamaica)
The Reducing Small Arms & Light Weapons in Jamaica joint programme, also known as SALIENT Jamaica, is geared at reducing violence and the proliferation of illicit firearms. The Joint Programme is aligned to Jamaica’s National Development Goal 2- “The Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just” and several Sustainable Development Goals.
SALIENT Jamaica will be jointly implemented over a twelve-month period by four UN entities:
- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) and the Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)
- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Specifically, this programme aims to enhance the legislative and institutional frameworks to stymie the flow of small arms into the country. To facilitate this, the Joint Programme will focus on undertaking the requisite legislative review and development of required national strategies while building the capacity of local law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, the programme will undertake research around violence in vulnerable communities by piloting a violence audit in Norwood and Denham Town. It is envisaged that the findings of the violence audit will be a catalyst for more targeted violence prevention and reduction programming in these and other similar communities. Additionally, given the multi-dimensional nature of crime and violence, an upscaling of existing projects to reduce the circulation of small arms in schools and communities will be undertaken.
Specifically, the objective of the joint programme will be achieved through two distinct, but complementary outcomes:
Outcome 1: Control of small arms is improved and access to firearms and ammunition is reduced
Outcome 2: Populations at-risk benefit from armed violence prevention/reduction programmes.