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Community impact assessment

Dated: 18 Aug 2010

POLICY TITLE: Community Impact Assessment

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Major Crime and Intelligence

AUTHOR: Detective Chief Inspector, Public Protection, Crime Department


AIM OF POLICY: This policy describes a community impact assessment and why it is used.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: Dissemination of information surrounding community impact assessments.

REASON FOR POLICY: To raise awareness of Northumbria Police’s commitment to building trust and confidence in the community and reducing crime and disorder.


Northumbria Police is committed to building trust and confidence in the community and reducing crime and disorder, and will work with partners to ensure that the community it serves is safe and orderly.

A community impact assessment is a means of measuring the mood (actual or anticipated) of any group of people as a result of an incident, event, or pattern which is likely to cause concerns or tensions. It is used to inform police and partnership interventions through the National Intelligence Model tasking and coordination process, usually post-event, to restore tranquillity to the area or group affected. Successful community impact assessment demands strong and sustained professional relationships with key individual networks and must be contextualised within the current social and political climate.

Completion of the community impact assessment will be commissioned by the chair of the relevant Area Command Senior Management Team daily management meeting, except in urgent situations at the request of the Duty Chief Officer, Critical Incident Manager (CIM), Silver Cadre or Senior Investigating Officer.

An ongoing, national community impact assessment is provided by the National Community Tension Team under Operation Element and is available from the Crime Department website. This provides data which will allow a local community impact assessment to be contextualised within the national and international situation. Further guidance is available from Crime Department Public Protection Unit.

Completed community impact assessments may be required for disclosure within prosecution cases and will therefore be stored securely within the responsible area command. The completed document, and updates will be circulated to Crime Department, CIMs and duty Silver Cadre, unless specifically restricted on instruction.




This instruction is designed to avoid discrimination and in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and its underlying principles.

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