We will be selecting 12 community members to join the program and serve as CommunityPolice Mediators. We are looking for applicants who are committed to social change, selfdetermination, community-building, public safety, conflict resolution, and using meaningful dialogue to make Fort Worth a safe, strong 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 transformative justice approach to create change in our public safety and criminal justice system.
Applicants must be able to fulfill the following requirements and commitments:
• Live in Fort Worth area
• Commit to serving at least two (2) years as a mediator, from January 2024 to Jan 2026
• Available and committed to mediating AT LEAST five (5) cases per year. Mediations take place Monday through Friday between 9am and 7pm and require 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. Please note, the majority of mediations occur between 10am-4pm during the weekdays, so it is essential that you can make yourself available during these hours.
• Attend the mandatory 50-hour training, which will take place over six (6) days, on Jan 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 2020, 9am -5:30pm.
• Attend at least four (4) professional development sessions throughout the year, which take place from 6:00-9:00pm on weekday evenings
Other characteristics desired in applicants include:
• Empathic communication and listening skills
• The ability to hold space for intense emotions
• The capacity to demonstrate competence, composure and neutrality (open to hearing others’ opinions and perspectives and an ability to put aside one’s own biases)
• Commitment to improving community-police relationships in Fort Worth.
• Comfortable with constructive feedback and ability to learn a new process with patience and humility
• 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.