Mission Restorative Resolutions Changes
Mission Restorative Resolutions (MRR), which has operated under the District of Mission (District) since late 2005, guides individuals through a restorative process to address situations of crime, harm and/or conflict in the community. In 2012, the District undertook a review of all of its programs and services as part of the core services review including the MRR program. The independent consultant who undertook the core services review recommended that the MRR program be devolved to the non-profit sector.
Council recently revisited the direction of the MRR program (Program) based on staff and stakeholder input, and felt that the Program should be under the oversight of Mission RCMP Inspector and Officer in Charge, Richard Konarski, who has a vast amount of experience and knowledge in working with social justice and conflict resolution programs like MRR. Mayor Ted Adlem says, “The Program could be utilized more and Richard is in the best position to work with and evaluate the Program going forward.”
Mayor Adlem is thankful to the many trained volunteers and the coordinator of the Program, Mai Iverson, for their dedication to MRR, and says that “Mission is much better off as a result of having many trained facilitators in the community that have working knowledge of restorative resolutions principles.”
Inspector Konarski looks forward to working with the volunteers and the coordinator over the coming months as he evaluates the Program, in particular how the Program fits with other intervention tools and programs to keep individuals, particularly youth, out of the court system. As a result of this change and after a transition period, the Program will be run out of the Community Policing Office.
For further information, please contact Ken Bjorgaard at 604-820-3704 or Mission RCMP Inspector and Officer in Charge, Richard Konarski at 604-820-3521.