1st Edition

Restorative Policing Concepts, theory and practice

By Kerry Clamp, Craig Paterson Copyright 2017
    228 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the UK and elsewhere, restorative justice and policing are core components of a range of university programmes; however, currently no such text exists on the intersection of these two areas of study. This book draws together these diverse theoretical perspectives to provide an innovative, knowledge-rich text that is essential reading for all those engaged with the evolution and practice of restorative policing.

    Restorative Policing surveys the twenty-five year history of restorative policing practice, during which its use and influence over criminal justice has slowly grown. It then situates this experience within a criminological discussion about neo-liberal responses to crime control. There has been insufficient debate about how the concepts of ‘restorative justice’ and ‘policing’ sit alongside each other and how they may be connected or disconnected in theoretical and conceptual terms. The book seeks to fill this gap through an exploration of concepts, theory, policy and practice. In doing so, the authors make a case for a more transformative vision of restorative policing that can impact positively upon the shape and practice of policing and outline a framework for the implementation of such a strategy.

    This pathbreaking book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on restorative justice, policing and crime control, as well as professionals interested in the implementation of restorative practices in the police force.


    1. Restorative policing and policing reform: An introduction

    2. Restorative justice concepts and the operational policing environment

    3. Tracing restorative policing: The Wagga Wagga Model in action

    4. Interrogating restorative policing: Cynical and enthusiastic accounts

    5. The evolving landscape of criminal justice and policing

    6. Towards a ‘transformative’ vision of restorative policing: building

    7. Initiating change ‘from above’ and ‘from below’: Towards an implementation strategy for restorative policing

    8. Reframing the research agenda for restorative policing




    Kerry Clamp is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in 2010 and also holds degrees from the University of Sheffield and the University of South Africa. Her research agenda focuses on the intersections of restorative justice and transitional justice, and of restorative justice and policing.

    Craig Paterson is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His teaching and research interests include surveillance and commercial crime control, policing, crime prevention and criminological theory.

    "Police are understood largely as ‘crime-fighting professionals’, yet some highly effective policing involves partnering with others to increase public safety, prevent crime, and respond to related social problems. In this engaging work Kerry Clamp and Craig Patterson explain how restorative policing can extend the earlier reforms of community- and problem-oriented policing. They offer striking examples of police working as ‘street-level leaders’, working with citizens, rather than simply doing things to and for them. The discussion extends well beyond theory and high level strategy, to the practicalities of program implementation, and an impressively accurate account of how conflict resolution processes actually work, and may help us ‘to reconnect with one another.’"

    David B. Moore, Restorative Justice Pioneer, Australia

    "Kerry Clamp and Craig Paterson deal in this outstanding book with "restorative policing", recognising the central role played by police in restorative justice practices and radicalising the importance of one of the most neglected aspects of community policing, more precisely the empowerment of the very same community. The new restorative police should act no longer as decision-makers, but as contributors to the construction of collective efficacy, or to the capacity of the community to solve its own problems. Restorative Policing - Concepts, Theory and Practice gives clever guidance in this endeavour. It is instructive, insightful and practical at the same time. A book that speaks clearly to a broad readership."

    Paul Ponsaers, Ghent University, Belgium

    "Clamp and Paterson’s inspired integration of restorative justice and policing scholarship provides both a compelling vision and a solid theoretical foundation to guide the evolution of restorative policing for generations to come. Particularly provocative is their discussion on "lengthening" the restorative policing lens, as it offers a linchpin between restorative and transformative justice with theoretical implications well beyond the topic of restorative policing."

    Paul McCold, Independent Criminologist and member of the Global Steering Committee, Restorative Justice International

    "Restorative policing is a new philosophy and practice of policing, which links to community policing and problem-oriented policing, but draws also upon restorative practices to provide a different way of working with local communities to solve conflicts whilst building the community.  Restorative Policing draws together both theory and what has been found to be effective practice to take forward and develop what it means to police restoratively.  It is a key text for both practitioners and scholars."

    Joanna Shapland, Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield, UK