Patterns of Policing and Policing Patten

Michael Tomlinson, P Hillyard

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In September 1999 the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, chaired by Chris Patten, published its recommendations. This article examines the political context of policing reform, the contents of the report and the rejection of its core ideas in the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill published in May 2000. The central argument of the paper is that the Commission's radical model of policing - a network of regulating mechanisms in which policing becomes everyone's business - failed, because it gave insufficient attention, like much modern writing on policing, to the role of the state and the vested interests within policing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-415
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Law and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science


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