Community policing in Northern Ireland: a resistance narrative: A resistance narrative

John R. Topping*

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Policing in stable democratic societies is predominantly concerned with the implementation and practice of the globally accepted philosophy of community policing. However, the subtle complexities of Northern Ireland's transitional landscape present acute problems for the community policing concept, both as a vehicle for police reform and as a tool for increasing the co-production of security through improved community interaction with the police. This article will examine the current position of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and their Policing with the Community policy. Providing an overview of contextual and contemporary developments, it will assess the efficacy with which the PSNI have realised community policing, as espoused in Patten Recommendation 44. It concludes by determining the role and extent of community engagement with policing in Northern Ireland and the resistances and contestations to the implementation of the community policing in a post-conflict society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-396
Number of pages20
JournalPolicing and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Patten
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • community policing
  • policing with the community
  • police reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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