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Restorative policing is a problem-oriented, community style of policing that aims to resolve conflict in civil society more amicably and sensitively without always resorting to strict law enforcement. It calls on police officers to exercise their judgement and use negotiation and persuasion to resolve problems. It is in many ways a return to Sir Robert Peel's vision of police as ‘only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of the community welfare’ (cited in Weitekamp et al., 2003). It is part of a shift from the paradigm of traditional reactive policing with its focus on keeping order, making arrests and providing rapid response, towards a more proactive approach which ...

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