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Policing in Northern IrelandDelivering the New Beginning?$
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Desmond Rea and Robin Masefield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381502

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.001.0001

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The Principle of Consent and Affirmative Action

The Principle of Consent and Affirmative Action

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(p.223) Chapter Nine The Principle of Consent and Affirmative Action
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Policing in Northern Ireland
Author(s):

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.003.0010

The chapter concerns one of the most controversial sections.in the Independent Commission’s report – achieving in the police service greater representativeness of the community it serves. It begins by setting out the Commission’s recommendations and the legislative provision for what was known as 50:50 recruitment, and then records the results of successive rounds of recruitment, along with the challenges to both the policy and the three-yearly renewal of the legislative provision, noting the objections of Unionist representatives. The chapter deals with other significant human resource issues including the run-down of the Full Time Reserve, the Part Time Reserve, and gender and diversity issues. It notes the achievement of the goal of 30% Roman Catholic representation by 2011 and an almost doubling in female officers, and the value of similar action elsewhere to improve representativeness.

Keywords:   Representativeness, 50:50 recruitment, Full time reserve, Part time reserve, Gender, diversity

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