IMPACT Award Winners (pdf)
The City Prosecutor’s Office has a unique community prosecution program that focuses on gang, drug, and quality of life crimes. The prototype was developed in one of the most troubled areas in central Long Beach. Originally funded with a two-year Federal grant, the program proved so successful that it has been continued as Project IMPACT.
Attorneys in the City Prosecutor Office work in the neighborhoods with police, the Community Development Code Enforcement officials, and area residents to identify problem locations and community issues, and to target criminal activity. When the police, prosecutors, code enforcement officials, and neighborhood residents work together, we have shown there can be a dramatic drop in the rate of nuisance crimes. In fact, our efforts have been so successful that other cities in California and across the nation have contacted the City Prosecutor’s Office to implement similar versions of the Long Beach community-based law enforcement program in their own jurisdictions.
[Note: Due to City budget cuts, Project IMPACT was suspended in 2009. Some Project IMPACT components have been reassigned to other areas in the office.]