Cutting crime and bringing criminals to justice are the key objectives of organisations working in the criminal justice system such as
the police, prison and probation services.
One of the most effective ways to cut crime is to focus most of our efforts on the people who are committing most of the crimes in
our communities. IMPACT is helping us to achieve this across Avon and Somerset.
IMPACT is a multi-agency team who are all working together as one, including:
- Prison officers
- Drugs workers
The team identify and manage the criminals who are committing most of the robberies, burglaries and thefts in the area. They help reduce
the number of crimes being committed by these individuals by helping them to address the issues that are causing them to commit crime such
as drug and alcohol misuse.
Without help to break the cycle of crime many offenders are destined to spend their lives revolving around the criminal justice system.
Causing harm to themselves, their families and the communities they live in as well as costing the tax-payer huge amounts of money.
Being on IMPACT isn't a choice. People are selected on the basis of offending history, lifestyle, and substance misuse. If they chose not to engage with their orders, licences and the support offered, the team can implement swift enforcement action.
The nine pathways
The IMPACT team work closely with statutory, voluntary and community organisations to ensure a holistic approach to supporting an individual's journey to becoming a productive member of society and
address the issues that have led them to commit crime.
The IMPACT team support individuals to access services and support against nine pathways. These are factors that are known to contribute to offending or be affected by offending.
IMPACT is cost neutral. Probation, Police, Prison and the Local Authorities acknowledge they have a common goal in reducing reoffending and reducing crime, and by pooling resources and expertise they are able to work more effectively.
IMPACT delivers real results. IMPACT was implemented as a pilot in Bristol in 2008. Prior to this, the recorded serious acquisitive crime exceeded 16,000. During 2012/2013 this figure had dropped to 7003.
It has since been rolled out to all Avon and Somerset districts with similarly positive results:
The IMPACT team have a dynamic and interactive web resource tool which supports the team to keep up to date with the wealth of services available across Avon and Somerset, for offenders to access the support they need.
To view and make use of this site to support others or search for support yourself, go to: www.impactpathways.org.uk