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NCJ Number: 118342 Find in a Library
Title: Police Role (From Mediation and Criminal Justice: Victims, Offenders and Community, P 229-238, 1989, Martin Wright and Burt Galaway, eds. -- See NCJ-118327)
Author(s): M R Volpe
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: By its very nature, police work lends itself to the use of mediation, either by the police directly or through referral, but mediation is also difficult for police to implement in the context of their traditional crime-fighting role.
Abstract: The effective use of mediation skills and techniques enables police to defuse potentially difficult situations and demonstrate sensitivity toward disputants. By facilitating communication between the parties, especially where they have a continuing relationship, agreements may be reached without official legal action, thereby saving the police and the courts time and money. Barriers to police using mediation directly include traditional police incentives to arrest lawbreakers and punish offenders as well as police tendencies to act authoritatively and impose their decision to resolve a conflict. Police referrals to mediation centers promise to reduce police processing of minor disputes and achieve more effective resolutions to conflicts. Problems in such referrals include the absence of police criteria for such referrals, the development of a police incentive system for such referrals, and provisions for ensuring compliance with a mediation agreement. 4 notes, 28 references.
Main Term(s): Mediation; Police diversion
Index Term(s): Police discretion; Police responsibilities
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