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  • The Community Mediator: September 2012
    that determine differences in mediator strategies and tactics In other words what are the most important features of mediations that effect whether a mediator facilitates or evaluates seeks to settle or aims to transform comes on strong or backs off They ve reached out to NAFCM to help spread the word about this important new study They ve also generously offered to share their findings with NAFCM and our broader community As they do we ll be sure to post some of the interesting findings here Oh and there s also a 10 Starbucks gift card in it for ya In the meantime give a read to the official invitation letter and instructions below the break It comes directly from Peter T Coleman ICCCR Director and all around field legend In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Read more Posted by NAFCM at 1 08 PM 2 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediators ICCCR International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution Mediator Survey Peter T Coleman Save the Date OMA Annual Conference Nov 2 3 Check out this exciting announcement from the Oregon Mediation Association s very own Judy Brodkey Hey Judy look like you ll have to update OMA s slogan to celebrate 26 Years of Moving Mediation Forward In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM 26th Annual Oregon Mediation Association Fall Conference November 2 3 2012 Ambridge Event Center Portland OR The Alchemy of Conflict Resolution Transforming Leadership in Challenging Times Join us for an inspiring conference including a powerful keynote address by Michelle LeBaron JD MA who is an internationally renowned scholar and practitioner She currently serves as a Professor of Law and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at the University of British Columbia UBC Canada Learn valuable tools and techniques from other disciplines participate in engaging sessions and learn to use mediation and related skills in a variety of settings The conference is appropriate for mediators lawyers community activists non profit staff social workers students and anyone interested in mediation and other forms of conflict resolution Visit the conference website to learn more Register online or download a brochure on the conference website One and two day registration options are available Continuing Education Credits NASW social work CEUs and Oregon State Bar MCLE credits are pending Interested in Volunteering Visit the conference website for complete details and submit your application by October 11 2012 Volunteer slots are generally filled in order of applications received For more information email the Oregon Mediation Association or call 503 872 9775 Join us for this exciting and inspiring conference Posted by NAFCM at 7 04 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest September 11 2012 Community Activities in NOLA A Preview The Community Mediation scene will be hoppin all week long and you re invited Regardless whether you re able to join us in New Orleans at ACR s

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  • The Community Mediator: July 2012
    interesting program you d like to highlight Do you have a personal or staff expertise you d like to share with colleagues Do you know of a resource colleagues should also know about Are you a researcher with recent or upcoming work you d like featured Whether one of the above applies to you or you simply have a great webinar topic in mind we want to hear from you Read the complete RFP and submit your topic ideas online Both solo and collaborative presentations are invited Act fast the proposal deadline for this current round is August 15 th In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 11 24 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Continuing Education NAFCM Webinar Series Newer Posts Older Posts Home Subscribe to Posts Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links Conflict Help Center Lend a

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  • The Community Mediator: April 2012
    Services Queens NY and NAFCM Elder Jim Melamed and Clare Fowler Mediate com Jody B Miller Mediation Center of Dutchess County Poughkeepsie NY Charlie Pillsbury MBB Cobe Williams Violence Interrupter with Cease Fire Chicago and Susan Yates Jennifer Shack and Heather Scheiwe Kulp RSI There were likely many other friendly passings and wonderful smiles that ve I ve missed here and for that my sincere apologies Feel free to jog my feeble mind in the comments below If you weren t able to join us in D C this year I hope you ll be able to be part of the Section s 15th Annual Spring Conference in Chicago on April 3 6 2013 I ll be there taking notes representing our community network and hopefully catching up with you in the hallways In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 3 22 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels American Bar Association Case Manager Conference Israel Community Mediation Mediate com Mediators Beyond Borders Narrative Mediation Section of Dispute Resolution Violence Interrupters April 23 2012 ABA Dispute Resolution Conference Recap Day 1 Over 900 mediators and conflict professionals descended upon our nation s Capitol last week attending the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution s Annual Conference From bowtie and powersuit arbitrators to casual wear violence interrupters the conference is regularly billed as the largest annual gathering of dispute resolution professionals in the world With over 100 concurrent sessions packed plenaries a booth burgeoning exhibitors hall and attendees from around the world this year s conference had something for everyone I m particularly pleased to have represented NAFCM and share with my community mediation colleagues all the latest updates from this year s conference Below is an update from Thursday my first day on scene following a restful redeye It ll be joined by an update from Friday s speakers sessions and interactions as well as a stream of quick hit tweets from throughout the conference Negotiating with Terrorists Mothers in Law Thursday morning kicked off with a plenary speech by Moty Cristal an experienced Israeli crisis negotiator with a penchant for stand up Moty recounted his numerous dealings with labeled terrorists groups and loose knit groups of bad actors specifically detailing his experiences negotiating with these counterparts in low to no trust environments One of his takeaways from these hostage involved and otherwise harrowing negotiations is an appreciation for the difference between Respect and Trust Trust Moty posits places the burden of responsibility upon your counterpart it beholds the other to act in a way conforming to your expectations Their failure to conform to expectations damages your trust in them Respect on the other hand retains an internal locus of responsibility It is an active extension toward the other without at least initially the expectation of reciprocal or conforming behavior for those upon which it is bestowed Under such a framework you can respect a counterpart during a negotiation without necessarily trusting she will desist from conflict related behaviors This distinction is important for Moty and other conflict professionals because it opens the possibility to extend basic humanizing and collaboration inspiring if not inducing respect toward momentary or even mortal enemies without the further more cognitively challenging act of also trusting that your counterparts will subsequently act in a particular fashion Of course presuming a negotiated settlement is respectfully reached one would hope to trust their counter would comply with the terms And indeed one could logically presume the possibility of such compliance is enhanced following a respectful resolution Under Moty s model however the two need not necessarily be linked to at least initiate the engagement Civil Discourse Public Conflict Following Moty s discussion on respect and trust I made a beeline to the front row of a panel discussion on Civil Discourse and Public Conflict Facilitated by one of my personal pantheons of conflict theory Richard Reuben the front table was full of civil discourse luminaries such as Susan Carpenter Anne Gosline Sandy Heierbacher Matt Leighninger and Susan Podziba Speaking to a packed room these leaders in civil discourse deliberative democracy dialogue deliberation participatory government and other descriptors of constructive large scale public engagement engaged their own colleagues in detailed Q A They also shared their 30 second must know recaps of this category of early stage conflict engagement processes Some of these recaps included the following There is a vast set of well established tools 30 years in the making which can be used to address the many public conflicts facing us today It is beholden upon us to raise awareness of disseminate and utilize these tools Civic Fusion is the goal for all these processes It s a way for folks to connect despite or even because of their differences to humanize and deepen understanding These processes are a constructive way for folks to discuss fundamental social differences Careful assessment should occur to fit the appropriate process to the problem it seeks to address Participants were and readers are encouraged to learn more about the various discourse processes and resources Great starting points are the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation NCDD The Future of Mediation Research Community mediation programs are always on the lookout for new research to help contextualize and validate their impact The final morning session part two of a mediation research mini conference envisioned what the future of that research will look like not only for community folks but practitioners and academics in all contexts The panel of academics tackled a broad range of audience driven issues including the need for greater practitioner access to the newest research connecting researchers with interested subjects sites and speculating on the up and coming in vogue research focus areas Some of my session notes were as follows Theory to practice jam sessions Could be a regular scheduled hangouts with a dedicated online discussion group This could be

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  • The Community Mediator: March 2012
    s Board of Directors whose terms will officially begin on May 4th are as follows Member Elect Vern Best Program Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Location Washington D C Member Elect Brad Heckman Program New York Peace Institute Location New York NY Member Elect Laura Jeffords Program The Mediation Center Location Asheville NC Member Elect D G Mawn Program Community Systems Online Location Louisville KY Member Elect Steffanie Medina Program Creative Mediation Location San Luis Obispo CA Member Elect Kelly Riley Program Nebraska Mediation Association Location Eagle NE We also had two current Board members re elected to serve a second three year term including Member Elect Peter Taillie Program Mid Shore Community Mediation Location Easton MD Member Elect Malcolm D White Program Neighborhood Justice Center Location Las Vegas NV Over the next six weeks leading up to the Board s annual Face to Face meeting we will be featuring extended profiles of our newest Board Members Elect as part of our Meet the Board blog series We invite you to click in and learn more about their impressive backgrounds and exciting goals for their Board tenure As we begin to orient these exceptional individuals onto NAFCM s Board we also want to take time to thank our members Your votes have provided these individuals an incredible opportunity to serve you Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully review their backgrounds statements and goals and then cast your vote in this year s elections We look forward to harnessing all our newest energies and resources to continue to serve and support all the good you do This truly is an exciting time for all our new Board Members Elect for NAFCM and for our field Congratulations In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 1 17 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board Elections Board of Directors Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation NAFCM March 17 2012 Happy St Patrick s Day In the 5 th century a teenage boy of Romano British origin was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave He escaped roughly six years later but returned to Ireland as an ordained Bishop St Patrick is credited for spreading Christianity to his pagan captors The clover or shamrock was a sacred plant that symbolized the rebirth of spring St Patrick famously used the clover to explain the trinity Father Son and Holy Spirit He died on March 17 461 and his life story grew to mythological proportions and is ingrained in Irish culture He is the patron saint of Ireland and is celebrated in both the secular and non secular worlds Sophia Gilmer Read more Posted by NAFCM at 2 16 AM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Forgiveness Sophia Gilmer March 12 2012 The State of Community Mediation 2011 NAFCM is pleased to release The State of Community Mediation 2011 This

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  • The Community Mediator: February 2012
    Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Conflict Tips Getting to Yes NAFCM Intern Relationship Conflict Sophia Gilmer February 6 2012 Community Mediation Webinar Series NAFCM is bringing all the latest in community mediation direct to you Through the new Community Mediation Webinar Series you can connect with the latest discussions leading research and inspiring topics all from the convenience of your own office Staying current couldn t be more convenient We realize budgets are strained travel expenses have been excised and time out of office is a decreasing luxury for many program administrators That s why we re brining conference quality trainings direct to you Even better we re making each webinar FREE for current NAFCM members Non members can register for only 20 per event or better yet join NAFCM to save even more Check out the initial list of webinars and stay tuned for new additions arriving regularly throughout 2012 Don t miss out registration will be limited to only 20 seats per event In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 47 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation NAFCM Training Webinar Series February 3 2012 D I Week 3 Resources to Equip Our Commitment The third week of NAFCM s Diversity Inclusion Discussion Series is now a wrap This week s theme Resources to Equip Our Commitment was focused on ensuring our principled aims are supported by accessible resources insightful research and local connections Toward that end our Series facilitators posted a range of interesting discussion prompts and compiled an initial set of helpful resources Review the complete list of daily discussion prompts below the break and recommend additional adr related diversity resources in the comments

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  • The Community Mediator: January 2012
    our progress and identify opportunities for continued growth along community mediation s path toward greater diversity and inclusiveness NAFCM s blog The Community Mediator will also feature weekly recaps of the list s substantive discussions Blog participants are encouraged to share their contributions in the comments of related posts This conversation hosted and facilitated by NAFCM s Diversity Inclusion D I Working Group will follow a weekly schedule of probative provocative and hopefully profound discussion topics designed to further appreciate and inspire our commitment to diversity All members of our community are encouraged to read share and engage contributions via NAFCM s listserve and social media outlets Context Since our field s founding our core values have led us to embrace diversity and inclusiveness These values inform how we administer our centers as well as through whom we provide and toward whom we target our helpful services Nearly 20 years ago NAFCM memorialized these values as part of its Characteristics of Community Mediation Centers Indeed the first five of the nine enumerated characteristics focus specifically on encouraging diversity and inclusiveness within center operations and service provision This focus has encouraged your field your association your organizations and your colleagues to be vigilant against that which excludes and champion that which unites Locally we ve established principled organizations standing as exemplars of inclusiveness within our respective communities Together we ve created an entire field endowed with the moral authority and earned expertise to challenge and engage divisive disclusive disputes which threaten to separate or entrench beyond content s call Today many centers undertake consistent creative impressive strides toward ensuring their services are responsive to and representative of their communities We engage in volunteer outreach seeking to attract train and utilize skilled mediators who look and live just as the clients they serve We employ staff with rich backgrounds and unfolded minds We are governed by Boards and advisors who push us to be more for those with less We open our services to any who may benefit irrespective of all but their content and our capacity And we promote the promise of and supply a vehicle for social justice when its others forms are too narrow or remote We have achieved much as a field for greater diversity and inclusiveness but we have farther yet to go Timeline Themes This dialogue series will encourage us to celebrate our progress and discover opportunities for continued growth To structure this ambitious conversation daily discussion prompts from our facilitators will encourage us to engage around a particular topic Please share your thoughts resources and recommendations as they pertain to the daily or continued topics of interest to you At any time participants are also welcome to directly share with our dialogue facilitators any feedback on how we may further enrich or extend this discussion series Upon completion of the formal series in mid February we will have grown stronger as a community through compassionately challenging one another generously sharing our wisdom and resources and informing our ever forward march toward greater diversity and inclusiveness Jan 17 22 Introduction Celebration of Our Progress Jan 23 29 Identifying Opportunities for Growth Jan 30 Feb 05 Resources to Equip Our Commitment Feb 06 12 Envisioning the Future of D I within Community Mediation Feb 20 24 Recap Teleseminar Webinar We welcome and thank you for participating in this dialogue series to celebrate and recommit community mediation to its values of diversity and inclusiveness We look forward to your contributions and the uniting dialogue which lay ahead UPDATE Program administrators please complete NAFCM s newly released Survey on D I within Community Mediation In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 4 31 PM 1 comment Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation Discussion Groups Diversity and Inclusion Mediator Diversity NAFCM January 13 2012 Community Mediation Now Serving the UNdead Too In retrospect it was only a matter of time And now that time has come Zombies have entered the world of community mediation The connection may appear rather tenuous for now but countless zombie flicks have all warned us there s much more to come We need to steel ourselves for what lay ahead prepare our intake train our volunteers and most importantly not appear too lively or tasty First cited this Friday the 13 th in the latest issue of GEO Politics Robert A Saunders definitively though far too nonchalantly links the zombie and community mediation worlds in his article Undead Spaces Fear Globalisation and the Popular Geopolitics of Zombiism A mere footnote referencing a 1978 article on Crowding and Neighborhood Mediation of Urban Density is wildly irresponsible reporting of such a monumentally terrifying development Mr Saunders With these two worlds now inextricably merged we can only imagine what s next Neighbor disputes over razor wire placements and blinding security flood lights consumer merchant conflicts over survival supply and weaponry price gouging biting bickerers and an onslaught of indecipherable communication conflicts Thankfully community mediation is a creative lot rising valiantly to other though less bloodthirsty social epidemics We can stock our front offices with the zombie survival guide cross train our volunteer mediators in how to speak zombie and reconfigure our mediation rooms to include floor bolted chairs with security straps Please leave additional life saving mediator recommendations in the comments below Together we can confront this challenge with our cool heads and warm BRRRAAAAAAINS In jest Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 1 26 PM 5 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Humor Zombie Mediation Community Mediation Singaporean Style Expatriates police tabloids sushi served on naked women at 3am dinner parties Singaporean community mediation sure does know how to make a splash Fresh on the heals of a national controversy which lit up cyberspace and Singaporean s ire the nation s Community Mediation Centre is once

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  • The Community Mediator: November 2011
    Publication Research Sustainability Wendy Corbett November 7 2011 OMA Conference Recap Over 250 mediators from the Pacific Northwest are filtering back into their local communities rededicated reenergized and freshly equipped to help those in conflict With the Oregon Mediation Association s 25th Annual Fall Conference now a wrap I m plane bound with plenty of new and renewed connections a deeper appreciation for Oregon s robust ADR landscape a BOX of VooDoo donuts and an already palpable anticipation for OMA s 26th Community Conversations Oregon is one of our nation s shining examples of community mediation done right The nearly 20 dispute resolution programs dotting this state s eclectic and exceptional communities offer impressive service portfolios are guided by truly passionate staff and attract diverse and gifted volunteers During my short time in Portland I had the pleasure of meeting remarkable program leaders such as Jim Brooks from the Beaverton Dispute Resolution Program Allan Flood from Central Oregon Mediation Amy Cleary from Clackamas County Resolution Services Melody Twiss from Clatsop Community Mediation Services Chip Coker from Community Mediation Services Inc Marlene Putman from Conflict Solutions from Tillamook County Cameron McCandless and Brian Graunke from Mediation Works Betsy Coddington from Resolutions Northwest and Marti Kantola from Six Rivers Community Mediation Services as well as volunteers from many other Beaver State programs The conversations entreating these connections were all over the map but maintained a common thread opportunity Betsy Chip and I confirmed a continuing interest in having NAFCM convene a Pacific Northwest Regional Training Institute Brian and I brainstormed potential NAFCM benefits local member programs could share with their volunteers Cynthia Moore Jim and I committed to discovering new OMA NAFCM partnership opportunities And Ray Shonholtz and I pondered how NAFCM s growing directory and online map of community mediation programs could increasingly incorporate initiatives beyond U S borders Ray Shonholtz Ray provided an engaging keynote call to action He first spoke of his early work establishing and leading Community Boards in San Francisco one of our nation s first community dispute resolution organizations Though as Ray noted the community mediation field was originally motivated by the calcified arthritic judicial system of the mid 70s the field now also responds to myriad social and political developments As illustration Ray inspired with international examples from his time with Partners for Democratic Change where he assisted numerous local communities enhance their interpersonal and institutional conflict competence He also shared domestic musings á la the recent Occupy movement and his well received assertion that the ADR profession has a unique opportunity to help bridge widening social stratifications and encourage constructive dialogue amidst increasingly polarized rhetoric Extraordinary a feat such a call to action may seem Ray placed this opportunity and more not only within our capacity but newly within many attendees interests It inspired a number of conference goers to coordinate a visit to Portland s own Occupy site to explore how ADR services may be of benefit to protesters those protested and the

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  • The Community Mediator: October 2011
    ourselves Tim along with his administrative right hand man and all around great guy Chris Welch actually gave me my first introduction to community mediation during an internship with CCR while I was completing Straus Master of Dispute Resolution program It was great to catch up with both Journey from Mediation to Peacemaking Moving next into Woody Mosten s plenary presentation participants were challenged to conceptualize their work as more than mere resolutions to be packaged consensed signed and triplicated Instead he encouraged us to view our work through a peacemaker s lens a lens that takes both the long and deep views of human interaction and humanity s potential Woody s challenge reminded me of the philosophical and promotional diversity found throughout the estimated 400 community mediation programs operating within the U S alone Though equally responsive to their specific community s needs programs vary widely on the motivating focus of their programming e g emphasizing restoration compared to resolution and the public image they cultivate e g doves of peace compared to scales of justice Rather than bifurcate and strain our connections however these differences enrich our field and allow us to attract and introduce the constructive potential of mediation and other conflict assistive services to wider audiences than any single approach alone would otherwise achieve Increasingly this blended approach is not only visible at the macro level but also within individual programs Traditional community mediation programs are adding restorative processes to their service portfolio and many restorative justice programs now also offer more traditional ADR processes to their communities This blended approach is likely motivated by a number of economic social and pragmatic considerations but the end result is a field more connected and with a greater capacity to assist those seeking justice of its varied alternative informal restorative social and other technicolored manifestations Real Dialogue in Restorative Justice With so many exceptional presentations many were frustratingly out of reach for any single conference goer to attend Thankfully I received updates from several colleagues in between sessions such as Karmit s review of Rochell Arms A and Jessica Hillard s Creating Space for Real Dialogue in Restorative Practices A Tale of Two Programs Joined also by Bernard Le Roux via recorded video from Sweden this session outlined the use of adult victim offender mediation for conflicts involving assaults restraining orders and pending criminal proceedings Karmit shared her interest in the programs acknowledgement and processing of reciprocal victimization often created in tit for tat escalated conflicts This approach allows the participants to garner a deeper understanding of not only how they were harmed but how they may have also harmed another and how the parties can collaboratively work to repair their collective harm God in the Process Karmit also shared a quick update on a session focusing on the presence and impact of religion within various conflict assistive services This session God in the Process Is there a Place for Religion in Conflict Resolution Processes presented several examples of religion interlaced with conflict assistive services such as Ho oponopono and those catalogued by Harvard s Global Negotiation Insight Initiative While there are a number of community mediation programs directly affiliated with a specific religious institution or tradition e g St Louis Mennonite Peace Center and Jewish Community Justice Project most programs secular neutrality is professionally agnostic to yet personally respectful of participants religious persuasions specifically as they may relate to the substance or processing of a given conflict This openness to and encouragement of mediation participants drawing upon their sources of strength is an example of how these programs embrace their communities diversity and empower those burdened with harmful conflicts Missed Opportunities Even with these additional updates several more sessions were just out of reach but deserve notice These included Jodie H Jones presentation on Inviting Forgiveness into Restorative Justice Processes while Upholding Impartiality The panel presentation on Community Integration of Gang Members in the Bay Area Understanding Gaps in Policy and Social Interventions And Justine Darling and Jack Hamlin s Peace Circle Use in Large Scale Community Conflict A Case Study If any readers were able to attend these or other sessions of note I encourage you to share your take aways in the comments section below for our colleagues who were unable to join us in San Diego In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 44 PM No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR Case Manager Community Mediation Conference Mediate com NAFCM Restorative Justice Straus Institute October 15 2011 ACR 2011 Annual Conference Daily Recap 3 Part 1 Day two of ACR s 10th Annual Conference is now a wrap From more Starbucks and a melon plate to tomato and goat cheese soup shots the food the learning and the connections continue to be exceptional this year A huge congrats to ACR s hard working staff and Board of Directors for pulling together this opportunity to continually connect our field Model Standards for Programs Kicking the sessions off was a presentation for the first time of a new set of Model Standards for Mediator Certification Programs approved by the ACR Board of Directors earlier this week The Standards which set voluntary guidelines for entities which have or wish to institute certification programs have been an ambitious undertaking for ACR As we review the Standards NAFCM looks forward to engaging our network of community mediation programs to explore how these Standards may affect local centers that certify their volunteers and what if any recommended modifications we may propose as ACR continually refines this living document Community Police Complaints Next was an informative presentation on a model program from the Western Justice Center on Citizen Police conflicts The presentation titled Bridging Community Police Divides The Importance of Mediation and Dialogue to Peacefully Resolve Citizen Complaints presented a solid example of how local community mediation programs can collaboratively engage local police departments to integrate

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