Responsible Participation, Community Engagement and Policing in Transitional Societies: Lessons from a Local Crime Survey in Northern Ireland

Graham Ellison, Peter Shirlow, Aogán Mulcahy

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Abstract

The new structures of policing in Northern Ireland have been internationally lauded as a success, but the manner in which police-community relations are unfolding in local settings is less clear. In this article we draw on a local crime survey conducted in a Republican area in Belfast to examine residents’ views of policing and to highlight residents’ concerns about police effectiveness in dealing with crime and disorder. Drawing on Habermas’s concept of ‘responsible participation’, we also consider the role that community organisations can play in helping overcome local scepticism and developing positive forms of engagement with the police. © 2012 The Authors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-502
Number of pages15
JournalHoward Journal of Criminal Justice
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Northern Ireland
  • local crime survey
  • responsible participation
  • police-community relations

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