Diversion - Restorative Justice Program
An alternative to court that strives to satisfy the needs of all involved: the offender, the victim, and the community, when a juvenile offense occurs. Victims and offenders are placed in active roles to work together to empower the victims in their search for closure, while impressing upon offenders the impact of their behavior.
Restorative Justice Program Process
The process begins when the youth and parents (and sometimes victim) attend a meeting with the diversion coordinator; a contract is developed that outlines the components of the program in which the youth and their parents will participate. Typically these components include:
- Apology Letter to Victims
- Community Work Hours
- Research Paper
- Educational Programs
Youth attends educational programs based on the offense committed. These awareness classes are held at Oakdale City Hall once a month in the evenings and are free of charge. The Oakdale Police Department provides the following classes:
Chemical Awareness Program (CAP)
This program provides a consequence for juveniles who are experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. The goal is to describe the problems that result from chemical use and generate discussion on developing healthy attitudes toward chemicals. (Two-sessions, 1.5 hours each).
Theft Awareness Program (TAP)
This program provides a consequence for juveniles who engage in the illegal act of shoplifting. The goal is to reduce the recurrence of theft by helping participants become more aware of their motivation for the offense, the legal and civil consequences, and alternatives available to stealing. (One session, 1.5-hours).
Tobacco Awareness Class (TAC)
This program provides a consequence for juveniles who engage in the illegal use of tobacco products. The goal is to provide information regarding the health and legal consequences of tobacco use. (One session, 1.5-hours).
Outside Agencies (e.g. Youth Service Bureaus)
These agencies are utilized for awareness classes not offered by the Oakdale Police Department. These include fire awareness, anger management classes (for assault charges), and a young people’s group, offered by St. Paul Youth Service Bureau, specifically designed for juvenile offenders ages 10 and younger.
Contact the Department
Please contact the Police Department with questions or to schedule an appointment.