Disadvantages Of Restorative Policing

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Although there are many discernible benefits resulting from the police use of restorative principles, its translation into meaningful policies and programs has to be given thought (Paterson & Clamp, 2012, p. 600). There are a number of conditions established in the literature. The police form the first and most prominent category to which conditions for the implementation of restorative policing relate. The need for a transformation in the whole police system is often mentioned as a prerequisite (Aertsen, 2009, p. 81; Cooper, 1997, p. 98; Paterson & Clamp, 2012, p. 597; Watson, 2009, p. 224; Young, 2001, pp. 220-222). In fact, Cooper (1997, p. 97) asserts that many police departments currently have the following characteristics: they “adhere to orientations […] and philosophies that are antagonistic to change […]; that are opposed to any activity perceived not to represent crime fighting; and that are opposed to any activity that forces police to interact closely with citizens”. However, Hoyle (2007, p. 300) disputes this one-sided picture. She asserts that there is evidence of less traditional police cultures (Hoyle, 2007, p. 300). A shift in the police culture and structure could prevent that the restorative practices are not undermined by other agendas, such as cost effectiveness (Paterson & Clamp, 2012, p. 597). This shift requires three elements. The first required element is clear leadership (Hines & Bazemore, 2003, p. 416; Paterson & Clamp, 2012, p. 597). This means

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