An evaluation of restorative justice and values based decision making in community orientated policing

Porter, Stephen Raymond (2012) An evaluation of restorative justice and values based decision making in community orientated policing. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Following the Flannagan (2008) review of policing, a county police force introduced a Restorative Justice and Values Based Decision Making model to resolve minor incidents by using community resolutions. Its purpose was to restore officers’ discretion, reduce bureaucracy and increase public confidence. The research aimed to evaluate the approach by analysing the types of incident addressed by the initiative, assessing how it was applied by officers and analysing the outcomes. Primary qualitative data was captured from semi-structured interviews with front line officers whilst secondary quantitative data was examined from existing police crime reports covering a twelve month period.

    Effective use of the approach was found for low level offences of violence, criminal damage and theft. Officers benefitted from a reduction in bureaucracy and extra time made available by not using established criminal justice process. Improvements could be made by increasing face to face restorative meetings and considering the initiative for Domestic Abuse, Hate Crime and more serious offences. Its increased use for Theft by Shoplifting should be reconsidered.

    In conclusion a consistent approach is required by United Kingdom police forces rather than a post code lottery by geography that currently exists with each force approaching community resolutions differently. As important is the need for officers to change their existing culture to make best use of the valuable extra time available to them, rather than continuing to be ‘busy being busy’.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 13:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:16

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