This study attempted to review the contents and system of the recently promoted restorative policing undertaken by the South Korean National Police Agency, and to present the ideological and practical directions that should be maintained in order to establish the South Korean-style restorative policingas an effective conflict resolution approach.
In terms of ideology, restorative policing should be an approach that is faithful to the ideologies and principles of restorative justice, and should be positioned as a new philosophy and paradigm for policing, and used as a means to complement traditional policing or criminal justice procedures.
In practical terms, restorative policing should be set as follows in terms of subject, purpose, object, means and method. On the subject's side, restorative policing should be operated in such a way that the party to the case is the subject. Regarding the purpose, restorative policing should pursue a humanist dialogue-centered approach.
In terms of targets, restorative policing should be used not only for the post-treatment of crimes, but also for crime prevention purposes, and the scope of application should be expanded and diversified by applying them to serious crimes throughout all stages of policing. Regarding the means and methods, restorative policing should be an easy and flexible approach, should not be led by the police, diversified the way programs operate, and should break away from the performance-oriented system operation.