Project IMPACT is a collaborative effort dedicated to suppressing gang activity. The focus is on developing data on gang activity, researching proven prevention and suppression methods, and evaluating how the strategies work once they are implemented by law enforcement and community partners such as school districts, courts, local governments, recreation centers, Boys & Girls club, libraries, and other non-profit agencies.
Project IMPACT coordinates community partners on an ongoing basis to enhance prevention strategies and interventions such as diverting gang members into community-based programming.
The concept for a Regional Gang Reduction Initiative began in 2012 with a gathering of Mayor Peter Corroon, Mayor Ralph Becker, and Sheriff Jim Winder to discuss a more collaborative, regional approach to addressing gangs and gang violence in the Salt Lake Valley.
Under their leadership, a working group consisting of stakeholders from Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and the research community was formed to develop a regional model to reduce the impacts of gangs on our communities; this later developed to be known as Project IMPACT.
In 2013, Mayor Ben McAdams proposed funding for a two-year pilot of the initiative. The funding was used to hire a program manager and researcher. The program began in July of 2014 and the initiative was housed with the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC).
Project IMPACT sought to coordinate community partners on an ongoing basis to enhance prevention strategies and interventions such as diverting gang members into community-based programming. These programs include: