Dayton Mediation Center and the Citizen-Police Conversations Program
The Dayton Mediation Center offers a process for citizens to address complaints against police officers. Since 2014, the Dayton Mediation Center, in collaboration with the Dayton Police Department, has provided a place for more than 30 citizens who have experienced discourteous or rudeness during an interaction with a Dayton Police Officer a place to discuss their experience and complaint. Citizens can request a meeting or can be referred to the Dayton Mediation Center.
These voluntary, private, and confidential conversations allow the citizen and officer to sit down with each other and discuss the events that led up to the complaint. Dayton Mediation Center mediators, who are trained conflict specialist and do not take sides, support both the citizen and the officer discuss their experience and what is important to both of them. During these sessions, citizens can talk about their experience with the officer, clear up misunderstandings and miscommunications during their experience, and possibly create a mutual understanding of the situation. Conversations like these provide an important opportunity for citizens and officers to talk and may help strengthen citizen and officer relationships that are the foundation for more effectively addressing community problems.
The Dayton Mediation Center, a community mediation center, has a rich history of providing free and low-cost conflict management services, including mediation, to the community since 1987. As part of its vision to provide non-violent, constructive conflict management processes that allow individuals to respond more effectively to conflict, the Dayton Mediation Center staff and volunteers help people have difficult conversations. Participants are supported to say what they need to say and are provided space to be heard and considered, and also hear the other person as well. Our services include mediation, facilitation, conflict resolution training/education, workplace team building, conflict coaching, youth peer mediation, and restorative justice processes for both adults and youth. Neighbors, families, parents, youth, co-workers, businesses, and community groups use our services to address a wide range of issues. The Dayton Mediation Center’s services are private and confidential.
The Dayton Mediation Center is one of more than 450 community mediation centers that provides critical mediation and conflict management services to communities throughout the United States and is a member of the National Association for Community Mediation (www.nafcm.org). The Dayton Mediation Center is the international headquarters for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. (www.transformativemediation.org) and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (www.acr.org).
For More Information contact:
Dayton Mediation Center, 371 W. Second St., 3rd Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45402, (937)333.2345, www.DaytonMediationCenter.org