Supported by Restorative Solutions & Safer Bristol, the Police in Bristol introduced the use of RJ as a problem-solving tool with the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing in 2005. In 2008/2009, Bristol was one of six areas that took part in the national pilot for the Youth Restorative Disposal scheme sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Youth Justice Board (YJB). As a result of this opportunity 700 police officers in Bristol were then trained to level 1 (one-day course) and since that time have been able to use RJ in its ‘instant’ form to resolve low-level incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB). Over 5000 incidents per year (Avon and Somerset), 13% of all detected crime, is consistently dealt with by way of RJ.
In addition to the Police, the Neighbourhood Justice team (NJT) is a group of trained volunteers who prepare and facilitate restorative conferences in cases of low level crime, anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood disputes at a community level. The team works closely with Neighbourhood Policing Teams and local partner agencies, to increase victim involvement and satisfaction, to reduce re-offending rates and to empower local communities to deal with and resolve local neighbourhood situations in a positive way for all those involved.