Police-Citizen Mediation Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Elliott, Media Representative/Jefferson County Mediation Services 303-913-2408 lauraelliott1@earthlink.net Jefferson County to Provide Important Community-Police Mediation Training Meeting metro-wide interest and need, Jefferson County Mediation Services offering course to professional mediators Golden, CO (April 11, 2016) Jefferson County Mediation Services (JCMS) announces it will partner with Denver-based OvalOptions to train professional mediators in the specialized area of police-citizen conflict resolution – in response to the growing needs between citizens and law enforcement to manage disputes and conduct effective mediation. The two-day training takes place May 5-6th  at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s building and will be conducted by consultants from Range Mediation & Consulting – a Portland Oregon-based firm offering police-citizen mediation training, among other services.  Conflict Consultants Louise Nielson and Juanita Range provide community-police mediation training in Oregon as well as the Denver area and will bring their specialized learning tools and materials to Jefferson County for the two-day training course.  Officers from local Jeffco municipalities, including Golden and Wheat Ridge, are slated to be on hand for authentic role-playing scenarios. Some areas of Colorado, including the City of Denver, have professional mediators trained in managing citizen-police disputes. Within Jeffco, the Wheat Ridge Police Department and Jeffco Sheriff’s Office already offer mediation for officers as an option when members of the public file complaints against them. JCMS Executive Director Mark Loye would like more police departments to offer mediation between citizens and their employees and wants to increase the number of cases his agency manages. “Conflict between citizens and law enforcement can happen anywhere. We want the public to know that we are meeting...