Some of the early justice system involvement with restorative justice came in police stations, particularly where cautioning is used as a response to crime and juvenile offending. It has the potential not only of responding more effectively to victims and offenders, but also of helping address chronic system problems such as overcrowding.

Restorative justice has been blended with similar movements toward community justice and community or neighbourhood policing.

Some have questioned whether a branch of the justice system that is authorized to use deadly force in appropriate situations can be actively involved with restorative justice programmes, which are supposed to be non-coercive.

Check out these links . . . .
. . . . for a rationale for police use of restorative justice by a UK law enforcement leader 

. . . . for a US Department of Justice guide on restorative justice and community policing

. . . . for how restorative justice is being used to deal with gang and other urban problems 

. . . . for using restorative approaches to resolve citizen complaints against the police 

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Implementing restorative justice in police departments.

Source: (2012) Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. 13(5):450-463.Police are first responders to community calls for service, yet traditional responses tend to diminish victim roles significantly. Research has shown that victims... Read More

Relational Policing

Source: (2001) Relational Justice Bulletin. April (10): 6-7. Downloaded 15 May 2003.The goal of relational policing, writes Michael Hodgkiss (a police sergeant in England), is to protect and help members of the public, as well as to bring offender... Read More

New Improved Police-Led Restorative Justice

Source: (2003) In, Andrew von Hirsch, et. al., eds., Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice: Competing or Reconcilable Paradigms? Oxford and Portland, Orgeon: Hart Publishing. Pp. 273-292.Following experimentation beginning in the mid 1990s, the... Read More

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