Source: (2004) In, Roger Hopkins Burke, ed., Hard Cop, Soft Cop: Dilemmas and debates in contemporary policing. Cullompton, UK: Willan Publishing. Pp. 175-189.

As Mandy Shaw explains, Dordrecht rehabilitation programs take their name from a successful program initiated in Dordrecht, Holland, in 1992. Dordrecht programs offer offenders convicted of burglary in criminal court an alternative to a custodial prison sentence. They are designed to address the root causes of persistent offending through intensive supervision and rehabilitation instead of incarceration. When an offender agrees to participate in a Dordrecht program, it typically involves two program personnel, one from the police service and one from the probation service. Shaw characterizes the Dordrecht model as an extension of restorative justice. Just as the restorative justice approach represents a change in offender-victim interaction after a crime from retribution to restitution so the Dordrecht approach consists of a new interaction between the offender and the police. With all of this in mind, and in a United Kingdom context, Shaw explores the role of the police in the interplay between "hard" and "soft" policing elements of the Dordrecht model.