The Crime Reduction area of CACT’s work has grown out of the traditional social inclusion activities, alongside the development of specific prison based programmes and work with the police, local authority community safety teams and other statutory services.
The aim is to engage young people who are either at risk of becoming involved or are already involved in the criminal justice system.
In September 2010, CACT became the first football related community trust to appoint a Crime Reduction Manager and a Crime Reduction Officer. The officers work strategically with partners and report on their programmes to the Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL) Committee established in 2008, following the tragic murder of 17-year old Charlton supporter Rob Knox.
Rob Knox’s parents, Colin and Sally, are members of the SVRL Committee with Sally being employed by CACT as a life coach and actively supports work in schools and in targeted areas of high youth crime. Her life testimony to young people has added value to the knife possession prevention programmes. The Crime Reduction team works with first time offenders, prolific offenders and young people at risk of custodial sentences. CACT has also undertaken ground-breaking work in engaging volunteers and the employment of long term prison inmates who work alongside CACT officers.