NELSON POLICE DEPARTMENT RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CELEBRATES RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WEEK 2017
The Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice (NPDRJ) celebrates Restorative Justice Week by extending our appreciation of the support we receive from our local partners.
Together we are building connections, strengthening our community and working towards a safer, healthier Nelson.
Correction Services Canada’s Restorative Justice Division proclaims the third week in November to focus on the important work being done by Restorative Justice (RJ) Practitioners and advocates in communities across Canada.
A grass-roots, non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that views crime and conflict as harm done to people and relationships, RJ is a philosophy that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens.
NPDRJ was launched in April of 2014.
It has hosted two basic training sessions of 40 hours and multiple advanced training opportunities for its 24 volunteers. These volunteers dedicate a great deal of their time and energy into serving the community.
NPDRJ’s volunteer RJ Practitioners bring together those who have been affected by crime, those who are responsible for the harm, their respective supporters and other stakeholders into a conference designed to empower all participants to share their experience and explore ways to repair the harm. A resolution agreement is carefully drafted based on the collaborative efforts of all participants.
Through Restorative Justice, a unique understanding about harm and its impact on individuals and the community is gained. Victims are central to the process. They are supported to express their needs and concerns. Offenders are supported to take responsibility for their actions and to work to heal the harm.
Nelson Police Department Restorative Justice is funded by the City of Nelson, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and many community sponsors.