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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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Organised Crime and the Independent Monitoring Commission

Organised Crime and the Independent Monitoring Commission

Chapter:
(p.483) Chapter Sixteen Organised Crime and the Independent Monitoring Commission
Source:
Policing in Northern Ireland
Author(s):

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.003.0017

This chapter deals with two main topics – dealing with organised crime in Northern Ireland, which was inevitably an issue for the Policing Board as well as for the PSNI and the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), and the work of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) set up by the British and Irish Governments in 2003. As the reports of the British Government-instituted Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) on which the NIO did not give the Board a seat noted in its organised crime threat assessments, organised crime in Northern Ireland was much more linked to paramilitary groups than elsewhere. The chapter describes both the dealings between the Board and the NIO over the former’s role which led after some years to the creation of a Stakeholder Group of the OCTF on which the Board had two seats, and initiatives by the Board such as sponsoring seminars on organised crime as well as regular coverage at public sessions of the Board. The second section is about the role and work of the IMC with reference to its 25 published reports.

Keywords:   Organised crime, Organised crime task force, Organised crime threat assessments, Independent monitoring commission

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