Police Mediation

Police Mediation

Police Mediation

In line with Maria R. Volpe

about Police Mediation in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Police mediation refers to police officers assisting disputing parties in airing their differences, including feelings and perceptions; listening to each other; and helping the parties resolve the situation that triggered the police response. For police officers, their role as mediators is both old and new. In its simplest form, police mediation has existed as long as there have been disputing parties who have called upon police officers to intervene. Typically, police mediation was done without formal training in mediation. With the increasing popularity, acceptance, and institutionalization of mediation in a wide range of settings since the 1970s, the rich, long history of informal and intuitive police mediation associated with traditional police work has come under increasing scrutiny. Not only are police officers now receiving more formal training in mediation skills, they are also working more closely with mediation practitioners, usually those connected with community-based mediation centers.

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