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Apply to be a Mediator with the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program!APPLY HERE
We are excited to announce the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program (CPMP) is accepting applications for new mediators. The program aims to improve relationships and build understanding between the community and the New Orleans Police Department. We provide community members and police officers the unique opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation to address conflict in their interactions with each other, be heard and understood, hear each other’s perspectives, and come to their own agreements about moving forward.
The CPMP is a program of the Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM), an independent, civilian police oversight agency whose mission is to improve police service to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions.
We will be selecting 12 new residents to join the program and serve as Community-Police Mediators. We are looking for applicants who are committed to social change, self-determination, community-building, public safety, conflict resolution, and using meaningful dialogue to make New Orleans a safer, stronger city. This is an opportunity to be part of democratizing policing in our city, improving accountability by giving space for civilians to directly address officer misconduct, and using a restorative justice approach to create change in our public safety and criminal justice system.
Applicants must be able to fulfill the following requirements and commitments:
- New Orleans residency
- Commit to serving at least two (2) years as a mediator
- Available and committed to mediating at least four (4) cases per year. Mediations typically take place Monday through Friday between 9am and 7pm and require about 3 hours of time. We try to schedule mediations as quickly as possible once a case is referred, so mediators must have enough flexibility to do a mediation with about 4-7 days’ notice.
- Attend the mandatory 50-hour training, which will take place over six (6) days, on March 9-11 and March 16-18, 2018, 8:30am -5:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:00pm-8:00pm on Sundays
- Attend four (4) professional development sessions throughout the year, which usually take place from 5:30-8:00pm on weekday evenings
Other characteristics desired in applicants include communication and listening skills, related experience with the criminal justice system and/or mediation or restorative justice approaches, and the capacity to demonstrate competence, composure and neutrality (open to hearing others’ opinions and perspectives and an awareness of one’s own opinions). In assigning mediators, we seek to match the demographics of our mediators to that of the participants as much as possible, so we seek to recruit mediators with the greatest diversity and range possible of gender, age, race, ethnicity, language, education, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background.
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A MEDIATOR
The OIPM has developed a comprehensive training program, which not only prepares participants to mediate police-community conflict, but is offered free of charge. Training of this nature often costs hundreds of dollars, but OIPM offers is at no charge to ensure that our mediators reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, income, education, gender, and ethnicity. The twelve selected mediators will first attend the mandatory 50-hour training in March (see dates above), in which they will become trained in all aspects of the program, our model of mediation, and how to mediate a case from start to finish. Training is interactive and hands-on and includes a strong focus on role-playing and coaching to develop the mediator’s skills.
Once trained, the new mediators will be part of a pool of about 30 mediators, and will be eligible to mediate cases. Cases are referred on a rolling basis throughout the year, with an average of 40-50 mediations per year, so approximately one case per week. Once a case is scheduled for mediation, the program director emails the pool of mediators with the time, date, and location and asks who is available. The request for mediators typically is sent about 4-7 days in advance of the mediation date. Mediators reply as soon as possible with their availability and are selected based on availability and matching demographics of the participants. We use a co-mediation model, so two mediators are assigned per case. Mediations typically occur Monday through Friday between 9am and 7pm, with an occasional Saturday mediation. Mediators should expect a case to take approximately 3 hours. Mediations take place at libraries, recreation centers, and non-profit meeting rooms across the city. After each mediation, mediators return surveys and a brief report to the program director and the case is closed. Mediators are provided with a $75 stipend per mediation session.
In-service mediation trainings are provided every other month, in which mediators develop and practice their skills through role-playing, debriefing challenges and discussing successes from their cases. The Program Director provides feedback and support to mediators on an ongoing basis.
PLEASE NOTE: The OIPM provides extensive mediation training, that normally would cost hundreds of dollars, free of charge. In return, active participation in the program – which means being available to mediate at least 4 cases per year and attending 4 in-service trainings, as listed in the selection criteria above – is required. Before applying, please carefully read the “What to Expect as a Mediator” section and determine whether your schedule and other commitments will allow you to be an active participant in the program given the timing, locations, and turn-around time for scheduling mediations. We have only 12 spaces in the program, so we ask for your honesty about your commitment and availability to be an OIPM mediator.
APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES
Below is a timeline of our 2018 selection process.
To apply, CLICK HERE to apply online. Or, CLICK HERE to download the application and submit it via email, fax, or mail. Please also share this information widely with any others who you think may be interested and available to serve.
Timeline of Mediator Selection Process and Training
November 15, 2017: Initial call for applications sent out
January 15, 2018: Applications due
January 15-19, 2018: Application review and scheduling of interviews
January 22-February 2, 2018: Interviews of selected applicants
February 9, 2018: Twelve new mediators selected. Decision letters sent out via email.
March 9-11, 2018: Mandatory New Mediators Training Part 1 8:30a-5:00p Fri & Sat, 12p-8p Sun
March 16-18, 2018: Mandatory New Mediators Training Part 2, 8:30a-5:00p Fri & Sat, 12p-8p Sun
For more information about the program, please visit: www.communitypolicemediation.org.
For any questions, please contact Mediation Program Director, Jules Griff at 504-304-7886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone can file a complaint of police misconduct with the Independent Police Monitor:
- By phone at 504-309-9799
- By email at email@example.com
- In person/by mail:
2714 Canal Street, Suite 201 (above the Liberty Bank)
New Orleans, LA 70119
Anyone can commend a police officer for good work. Rewarding good policing is a strong contribution toward public safety
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Mediation Program Director, Sister Alison McCrary at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-304-7886.