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RCMP to show restorative justice video

The Campbell River RCMP detachment is extending an invitation to citizens to see how restorative justice programs work in B.C. communities.

To celebrate Restorative Justice Week Nov. 18 to 25, the RCMP Restorative Justice Program is inviting the community to a viewing of its video “Planting the Seeds.” This RCMP production features a real community justice forum. Program officials will be available to answer questions about the program.

The video will be shown Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7p.m. at the RCMP Detachment at 275 South Dogwood Street. Those attending must register first by calling 250- 286-5666 by Nov. 16.

Kristine Atkinson, Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Program, says: “The philosophy of restorative justice is based on community healing. In other words, the community decides what is best for itself in terms of resolving certain criminal matters.

“In the Campbell River, restorative justice is an RCMP based program, supported by the City of Campbell River, that is utilized as an alternative to the court system in certain circumstances. When a first time offender is remorseful, cooperative and admitting their role in the incident, police officers or Crown counsel have the option of referring them to the restorative justice process.”

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