Mediation following a police report
The Dutch National Research Agenda awards research in mediation with 50.000 euro grant.
08/15/2019 | 12:51 PM
Van Steden’s latest project follows on from earlier research conducted with the help of Rotterdam police. “I examined how police reports are processed in Rotterdam to determine how and why some do not lead to the outcome that the people making the report wish to see. I also examined possibilities for more meaningful interventions, such as alternatives to making a formal police report which nevertheless lead to the problem being solved. We now see some mediation on a very small scale, perhaps by the local beat officer or some local community group. I am going to examine whether the input of a mediator in these situations is indeed useful and whether this approach should be adopted on a wider scale.” A pilot project involving police units in Rotterdam and Amsterdam will begin in October.
Van Steden’s research is being funded by the National Research Agenda’s ‘Ideas Generator’ programme, an NWO initiative designed to support small-scale, high risk projects which nevertheless show potential for significant societal impact. A full description of Ronald van Steden’s research can be found on the NWO website.