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Restorative Policing: RJI’s White Paper & Webinar (June 8, 2020)

June 8, 2020 12:00 noon Pacific Time

RJI is re-posting our work on restorative policing. Restorative policing has important implications today for law enforcement and its response to crime or disturbances of any kind in communities in the U.S. and around the world. Review RJI’s White Paper on Restorative Policing & hear our global webinar on the subject. The international community which contributed to the paper reflects some of the best practices in restorative justice when applied to law enforcement. The 2016 RJI working group was guided by Dr. Paul McCold, a criminologist based in Oakland, California with the participation of Australian Terry O’Connell, a restorative justice pioneer and former police officer as well as other restorative justice experts from around the globe.

Listen to RJI’s 90-webinar with O’Connell and McCold moderated by RJI president Lisa Rea which focuses on the definition of restorative policing, a discussion of the findings of the RJI white paper and the challenges of implementing restorative policing on the ground.

Police officers in communities must be held accountable for their actions. Those who guide, and enable, their behavior of law enforcement officers must embrace restorative justice processes and methods including police unions representing officers. RJI urges public officials to support restorative policing and institute it into laws and statutes broadly. Restorative policing seeks to de-escalate tensions and potential violent responses when law enforcement interacts with its citizens. Restorative policing methods should be used when 1) individuals are suspected of wrong-doing, 2) officers are investigating potential crimes and 3) officers make an arrest. The goal of restorative policing is to keep the peace. Restorative policing encourages community involvement and sees communities as stakeholders.

For more information on restorative policing contact us RJI at our portal. Also, consider supporting our work by contributing to RJI.

 

RJI White Paper:

Restorative Policing White Paper Released (July 2016)

Restorative Policing Webinar Audio Release (recording: September 30, 2016)

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