Tag Archives: Northen Ireland

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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Northern Ireland police college on hold

This article indicates that a planned community safety college for Northern Ireland — serving the police, fire, and prison services — has been put on hold as budgeted funds may not be sufficient to complete the project as designed. Police … Continue reading

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