ZOSO trans­form­ing Mount Salem – Mala­hoo Forte

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Mar­lene Mala­hoo Forte, the mem­ber of par­lia­ment for West Cen­tral St James, says that the Zones of Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions (ZOSOs) are bring­ing pos­i­tive change to com­mu­ni­ties.

“Ev­ery day that I go into the Mount Salem ZOSO, as I did last week­end, I see the dif­fer­ence. The trans­for­ma­tion is tak­ing place not only in the phys­i­cal built en­vi­ron­ment, but also in the at­ti­tude and re­sponses of the peo­ple,” she said.

The ZOSOs in Den­ham Town; Kingston; and Mount Salem, St James will be ex­tended by a fur­ther 60 days. The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Tues­day ap­proved two res­o­lu­tions for the ex­ten­sions, which were moved by Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Dr Ho­race Chang.

The min­is­ter said that the ZOSOs “con­tinue to pro­vide the ba­sis on which mean­ing­ful long-term devel­op­ment changes and trans­for­ma­tional ac­tiv­i­ties within some of Ja­maica’s most trou­bled com­mu­ni­ties can take place”.

The ZOSOs are de­signed to re­duce crime and vi­o­lence through com­mu­nity devel­op­ment while pro­vid­ing equal op­por­tu­nity to so­cial in­ter­ven­tion and so­cial- trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives within these com­mu­ni­ties.

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