Mediation of complaints against police: a review of programs in Los Angeles and New York City

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Riley, M
Prenzler, T
Douglas, S
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2021
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The investigation of complaints against the police is important to law, order and justice. The public expects high ethical standards from its police service and when breaches occur, complaints often follow. How the police respond to complaints can influence the trust and confidence that underpins the civilian-police relationship. This paper examines some of the key issues faced by police services in the management of complaints and reviews the effectiveness of mediation as a measure to rebuild relations. The Los Angeles and New York City Police Departments were selected for the study because there are very few civilian-police complaints mediation programs in operation and these sites had reports on the public record that indicated some success. A qualitative case study approach was used, incorporating public source material and interviews with key informants. The findings show that the inclusion of external mediation in police complaints systems offers complainants a transparent, impartial and often restorative mechanism to resolve complaints. However, any perceived conflict surrounding the independence and equity of the mediation vendor can engender police and complainant mistrust in the process. As such, ongoing public and police education on the aims, process and benefits of mediation is required to sustain its use.

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Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice

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Criminology

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Riley, M; Prenzler, T; Douglas, S, Mediation of complaints against police: a review of programs in Los Angeles and New York City, Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, 2021

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