Diversifying From Within: Community Policing and the Governance of Security in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

The subtle and complex nature of Northern Ireland's transitional landscape presents acute difficulties for the community policing concept. As the core to the police reforms in the country, its implementation has faltered in the face of institutional inertia within the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). This has been further exacerbated by a failure of the police to adequately increase the co-production of security through improved engagement and utilization of Northern Ireland's diverse community infrastructures. This paper will assess the delivery of community policing by the PSNI, while exploring their engagement with Northern Ireland's grass-roots community organizations, and specifically those involved with the governance of security at the local level. Thus, through a framework of adaptation, engagement and delivery of community policing by the PSNI within the unique context of Northern Ireland's security ‘otherness’, the paper will explore the key issues to police–community interaction associated with the broader vision of the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP) on community policing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-797
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume48
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • security governance
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • non-state policing
  • community policing
  • policing with the community

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