Should the arresting officer attend the JRB meeting?Definitely. There is no issue of confidentiality since the officer already knows the juvenile and family. Having the officer present also provides the JRB with the opportunity to resolve any factual questions that might arise out of the incident.
Also, since the JRB process is an attempt at restorative justice in many ways, having the juvenile and the family see the officer as part of the solution will go far to rehabilitate the juvenile’s, and family’s, impression of the police and the arresting officer in particular. Examples of this have been where the JRB recommendations have included having the juvenile work with the arresting officer on a bicycle safety program or a town event such as a parade or fund raising car wash.
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