The Over the Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative is keeping to its mandate of community outreach and development activity, aimed at enhancing the lives of residents in the zoned areas. On October 28, 2020 the Over-the-Hill team joined in a walkabout in Mason’s Addition with members of the Central Police Station Community, Neighborhood & School Policing division, and the National Neighborhood Watch Council. Mrs. Samita Ferguson, Executive Manager of the Over-the-Hill Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, underscored the importance of the collaborative effort.
“The walkabout was fruitful, as it gave each an opportunity to meet with residents in the area, hear concerns and also pass out vital information that would be beneficial for the community.
“We applaud the efforts that are being conducted by the Central Police Station and the Southern Police Station within our zone area.” Mrs. Ferguson said. Noted Superintendent Cedric Rodney Bullard, “Our mission as community, neighborhood and school policing is to reduce crime and ensure safety for our citizens and visitors while building trust and partnership within the city as we walk every street in the Central Division.”
The OTHU also presented residents with information pertaining to the Economic Empowerment Zone and advised them of recent programmes and initiatives they could benefit from — the sewing programme at the Urban Renewal Center and a technical programme in the making with the Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI).
Residents were also informed of the community policing efforts. The OTHU pledged to support ongoing efforts to reduce crime and enhance the overall livelihood of residents in the community. “As it relates to the community walkabouts, as long as the stations in our zone are conducting them we will continue to support their efforts.
“There is more beauty when a team can come together for one common goal and build better communities with positive programmes which will foster social reform,” said Mrs. Ferguson. She said it is the goal of the OTHU to encourage other agencies to join the community walk a-bouts “as we desire to conduct more public awareness/education as it pertains to the cleanliness of the environment.”
The components Over-The-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative were launched by the Prime Minister in May 2018.
The Initiative is built around six key pillars designed to fully restore the Over-the-Hill community communities. These areas include:
• Social Empowerment;
• Economic Empowerment;
• Smart Technology;
• Green and Sustainable Technology; and
• Programmes for the Youth and the Elderly.