Police and Restorative Justice

The purpose of the course is to educate police increment students on restorative justice – the philosophy, practices and principles associated with it, and how restorative justice can and is being used in the Canadian Criminal Justice System, including relevant examples from British Columbia.

This course begins by comparing and contrasting the concept of restorative justice with the current adversarial criminal justice system. The various practices associated with restorative justice will then be examined, including community justice conferences and panels, victim offender mediation, and peace making circles. Lastly, the course will explore the current state of restorative justice in Canada, including examples of how it has been utilized, primarily in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The course content will begin with theory but will then shift to focus on actual events, experiences and the current state of restorative justice.

The course is designed to be completed online, and students can complete the course in 40 hours and are given 120 days to do so.

The learning objectives of this course are to have the learner understand and demonstrate comprehension of:

■ Restorative justice philosophy, principles and practices
■ How restorative justice is currently being used in Canada and the legal framework which allows for this
■ What kinds of criminal events are appropriate for restorative justice and indicators for success
■ What kinds of criminal events are not appropriate for restorative justice
■ The benefits for law enforcement in referring cases to restorative justice agencies when appropriate

Prerequisite: successful completion of Crime Reduction Strategies for Police

Instructor: Keiron McConnell
Instructor: Shanna Warmald
Instructor: Gillian Lindquist

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