The Community Empowerment and Transformation Project II (COMET II)—funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—is strengthening community and civil society organizations in Jamaica. The goal is to help these organizations be active managers and leaders in their communities to increase citizen participation, cooperation, and accountability. Tetra Tech was selected to work with local community members and groups to prepare them to be less susceptible to problems that threaten their livelihoods. To achieve this, Tetra Tech is helping local communities increase their capacity to become more engaged in civil society.

As Jamaican communities and civil society organizations become more engaged and more equipped to better manage their environments, COMET II is working with respected local organizations to improve community policing programs. Through COMET II, Tetra Tech is promoting and implementing knowledge-building activities with vulnerable populations and at-risk youth. The program’s goals are to generate economic opportunity, decrease crime and violence, and introduce disaster risk reduction techniques to reduce the impact of global climate change on livelihoods.

Tetra Tech is an excellent company with whom to work and USAID has been extremely satisfied with their work, which has been and continues to be above and beyond the expected. I recommend them without hesitation.

Jill Gulliksen, U.S. Agency for International Development

COMET II is expected to capitalize on existing USAID and Government of Jamaica endeavors and create new opportunities for promoting community-based partnerships that will prevent violence and crime, support the rule of law, control corruption, and increase citizen participation and youth engagement. The project also is expected to integrate global climate change (GCC) adaptation issues into select activities. In particular, GCC activities focus on improving the adaptive capacity of urban poor communities to be better prepared for the impacts of extreme weather events (e.g., hurricanes and droughts).

The 5-year program is working primarily in Kingston, Jamaica, and throughout the country with four primary objectives. The program aims to promote community-driven activities to contribute to improved crime prevention, intervention, and enforcement; to develop long-term champions supportive of the rule of law and through them promote public engagement strategies to foster a culture of lawfulness; to encourage alternative sentencing and other programs for at-risk youth; and to provide support for the Jamaican Constabulary Forces Community Based Policing Program.