Transforming Policing using a Restorative Framework, 28th September

As part of the East Midlands Police and Crime Research and Development Plan (see, EMPAC is pleased to announce a cutting-edge event at the University of Nottingham on the 28th September 2018, when Australian visiting expert Terry O’Connell (pictured, see more of Terry in a TV interview at and Nottingham academic Kerry Clamp will offer a bold vision for the transformation of policing.


                                      Imagine, just for a moment, what society could be like – 

                                                if restorative policing worked as intended.


Policing has a militaristic legacy of a ‘command and control’ culture that may not always be the best fit for the 21st century. Fundamentally, policing culture has not changed much over time, despite the various attempts at problem solving, evidence-based and community policing. Community policing and problem-oriented policing have had minimal impact, partly because they focus on the law-abiding rather than those who are committing crime. Whilst restorative justice has also been around in the UK for several years, authentic restorative justice has never been really achieved. Restorative justice offers much for realising the Policing Vision 2025 and this event will explain why and how.


On the 28th September, Kerry Clamp and Terry O’Connell will be hosting an event to create the space for officers and practitioners to come together to think about transformation: a ‘brave new policing world’. The emphasis will be on understanding the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ of policing, and will be interactive: so expect to get involved!


What is restorative practice?


Effective policing is about engagement and dialogue. At its core, authentic restorative practice involves emotional transactions, drawing people into safe spaces where the end game is about building strong relationships. There will be a short overview of restorative policing in England and Wales (informed by a recent national survey) providing practical insight into the varied ways restorative is being articulated within policing. Then, the event will encourage critique, debate and discussion on how restorative practice offers long-term, cultural level positive change to every aspect (internally and externally) of modern policing.


Dr Kerry Clamp is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Nottingham. She has published widely on restorative justice within policing, including the publication of the first book on the topic Restorative Justice: Concepts, Theory and Practice (with Dr Craig Paterson).


Terry O’Connell is the original pioneer of police-led conferencing in Wagga Wagga. He spent 30 years as a police officer in NSW and 18 years as the Australian Director of Real Justice. His restorative justice approach has helped many organisations reform their culture and practice.


Anyone interested in attending please contact as, due to high demand and  limited delegate spaces, this event will be invite only.


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