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Factors influencing police officers’ decisions to participate in the mediation of citizen complaints.

Todd, Scott
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Thesis. Master of Arts. Royal Roads University.

The use of mediation to resolve citizen complaints against police has not gained much
acceptance within law enforcement. This research was conducted within the Calgary Police
Service and was designed to uncover some factors that influence a police officer’s decision to
participate in the Citizen Complaints Mediation Program. A Likert-style survey was used to
evaluate the respondents’ opinions of the Calgary Police Service Citizen Complaint Mediation
Program. The survey questions focused on four main categories including knowledge of the
complaint mediation program, support of alternative dispute resolution programs, willingness to
participate in the mediation program, and perceived fairness of treatment should they participate
in the mediation program. Results were examined based on gender, years of service, education,
previous dispute resolution training, and previous complaints. Research findings indicated little
variation in the support of the Citizen Complaint Mediation Program based on these factors.(author’s abstract)


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