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Community Impact Statement Template (CIS) User Guide

The layout of the above templates (Annex A & B) are guides to assist you and its use is not mandatory. If you decide to use a different template you must ensure that as a minimum it includes details as noted under essential information below.

Please note that it is permissible to use photocopied versions of a completed CIS that has been signed by the author.

We have divided the information required to complete this template into two formats being; 1. Essential information, and 2. Optional information.

Essential information means that this data must be provided in the format prescribed and has been highlighted in red font in the template.

Optional information means that this data is beneficial but does not have to be included if it cannot be obtained and is in blue font in the template.

Essential Information

  • Area covered by statement - i.e. Westminster. It should note all the local wards covered by the CIS area.
  • Community Type(s) affected - This should include details of the community groups or type(s) which has been affected by the crime or ASB as noted by the police during their community engagement, i.e. Elderly community, gay community, Muslim community etc.
  • Period covered by statement - i.e. January - March (Quarterly)
  • s.9 caveat - i.e. This statement (consisting of ___ pages) is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and I make it knowing that if it is tendered in evidence, I shall be liable to prosecution if I have wilfully stated on it anything which I know to be false or do not believe to be true. The CIS will contain this declaration.
  • Statement Author - i.e. Inspector Smith (please note that the authors rank should be no less than a Police Inspector)
  • Recorded crime - This should include the complete list of all the recorded crime noted for the period covered by the CIS, i.e. theft from person, drug offences and criminal damage. It should also include national recorded crime data for the previous 3 months prior to the CIS as well as the data for the annual number of recorded crime for the previous year and crimes per 1000 all for comparative purposes.
  • Recorded ASB incidents - This should include the complete list of all the recorded ASB incidents noted for the period covered by the CIS. It should also include national recorded ASB incidents data for the previous 3 months prior to the CIS as well as the data for the annual number of recorded ASB incidents for the previous year again for comparative purposes.
  • Local priority issues - This will require a list of the top 3 local priority issues as noted by police in consultation with local partners such as CSPs.
  • Sources - This relates to the source of the data on recorded crime and ASB incidents and the forums attended to obtain statements from the community. The number of attendees at the meeting should also be recorded. Each source consulted should be noted in this section, i.e. British Crime Survey, Residents Association meeting etc.
  • Concerns of the community - This refers to the information obtained by the police following their engagement with the community.

Optional

  • Population & Households Numbers - This should include the total population of each of the individual wards covered by the CIS as well as the total number of households within each of those wards.
  • Recorded crime - Will require an additional column providing details of the annual number of recorded crime for the previous year across the whole city.
  • Neighbourhood Profile information - This should be made up of relevant local information which will supplement the CIS and give a fuller flavour of the make up within the community, i.e. demographics, ethnic profile. It may include information in the form of graphs, charts and other pictorial data.