What does an officer do in C4RJ’s process?
Before the circle
- Provides the incident report or equivalent for referral documentation
- Provides C4RJ staff or case coordinator with any pertinent, additional information about the parties that may inform the circle.
During the circle
- You’ll introduce yourself.
- You’ll provide information about the offense and what the penalties could be if the case were prosecuted (please come prepared with that information). If you were the officer on the scene, you might wish to describe what you observed about the behavior of the parties.
- You can offer ideas when participants develop the restorative agreement by which the offender will address the needs of the victim and the community. (Sometimes officers come up with great, creative ideas that truly address the needs of both offender and victim! Please don’t hold back on yours!)
Between the opening and closing circles
C4RJ personnel will keep you informed about how the offender is doing in meeting his/her obligations, especially if there are any problems. If the offender is slipping in repair obligations, you may be called upon to help uphold our 3-strike policy.
As a circle participant, you can ask questions about what the offender has done and learned, and support the victim in voicing any remaining concerns.