Tag Archives: Northen Ireland

Terror-crime nexus in Northern Ireland

This article discusses the renewed terrorism threat in Northern Ireland. The author traces developments since the 1998 Good Friday peace accord reached by the main Republican and Loyalist parties. In his view, “their respective armed wings appeared to undergo a … Continue reading

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Policing the UK’s only land border

This article describes policing challenges on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Conditions are much more peaceful than 30 years ago, when police on the northern side would patrol with soldiers in armored vehicles. Today there are some 250 … Continue reading

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Ireland appoints new Garda commissioner from PSNI

This article reports that Ireland has appointed a new commissioner of their national police following a competitive selection process. The appointee comes from Northern Ireland, a surprise to some but well reasoned according to one commentator: “The PSNI I’ve dealt … Continue reading

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Police-led restorative justice

This blog post summarizes a 2-year study in 3 UK jurisdictions of police involvement in restorative justice, including street-level police activity and referrals to service partners. Research found that training and having an agency “champion” were significant, and “it is … Continue reading

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Body-worn cameras

Here’s a summary of the oft-mentioned Rialto, California body-worn camera experiment. It emphasizes that the positive effects (reduced police use of force and fewer citizen complaints) were not due solely to the technology, but rather “the combination of the camera … Continue reading

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Community policing cuts in PSNI

Following up on an earlier post about deep budget cuts facing policing in Northern Ireland, this article reports reductions in neighborhood policing teams and other community engagement initiatives. According to one critic, “It is quite clear many of the things we expect a … Continue reading

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Steep budget cuts for PSNI

Police in the UK have been facing significant budget cuts and Northern Ireland is no exception. According to this article the chief constable of the PSNI will be outlining serious consequences of the looming budget reductions for his agency.

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