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The Real Kindergarten Cop

Bowes, David
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Relational Justice Bulletin. December (12):4-5. Downloaded 14 May 2003

In 1990, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the movie “Kindergarten Cop” as a policeman working undercover as a substitute teacher in a school. David Bowes, a research officer with the Thames Valley Police Restorative Justice Consultancy, describes in this article an entirely different but successful approach to policing in schools and the local community. This approach has been pioneered by the Thames Valley Police in Bretch Hill, a housing estate in the Oxfordshire town of Banbury. The approach includes police in partnership with community individuals and organizations, crime prevention through various early interventions with school children, and restorative conferencing in schools.


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