'Securing' the past: Policing and the contest over truth in Northern Ireland

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    The question of whether Northern Ireland should have a formal truth recovery process has been amplified by the recent Report of the Consultative Group on the Past. Compared to the volume at which the truth recovery debate has been played out, relatively little is known about policing attitudes to this form of dealing with the past. This paper analyses the ways in which the history and context of policing in Northern Ireland have shaped attitudes towards truth recovery. It will be argued that differing opinions on the need for truth recovery are part of a debate over 'ownership of the past' between the ardent supporters of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the new post-Patten managers and modernizers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)455-473
    Number of pages19
    JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Law


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