Northern Ireland Policing Board Confidence in Policing Research: Key Drivers of Confidence

John Topping, Jonny Byrne, Richard Martin

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


In January 2014, the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) commissioned the University of Ulster to conduct research into public confidence in policing to help inform the work of the Board and its oversight of police service delivery. More specifically, the research team were tasked with exploring ‘the key drivers of confidence in Northern Ireland’. To date, the subject of ‘confidence in policing’ within a Northern Ireland context has been relatively under researched, both in academic and policy terms. Thus, the present research is the first empirical research to be produced in the country to empirically assess confidence in policing from a cross section of society – including the key dynamics and drivers that underpin police confidence at a community level.

The report begins with a comprehensive review of academic literature, policy documents and contemporary events related to confidence in policing. The research then provides an overview of the methodology used to undertake the research, with the remainder of the report comprised of the findings from the survey. The report concludes with an overview of the central findings along with a series of recommendations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherNorthern Ireland Policing Board
Commissioning bodyNorthern Ireland Policing Board
Number of pages61
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • police-community engagement
  • confidence in policing
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland


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