This chapter starts by addressing two of the fundamental issues – the principles of policing (including those attributed to Sir Robert Peel) and how to hold the police to account, underpinning both of which in the views of the authors are consent and public confidence in policing. It then looks at contemporary developments in accountability in Britain (such as the election of Police and Crime Commissioners and the disbandment of the former Police Authorities) and America, pointing up of some of the issues acknowledged by commentators. The chapter summarises the achievements of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, and briefly reprises the key findings in the earlier chapters in this regard. The book concludes with a tribute to the many who have helped contribute to the delivery of the new beginning of policing in Northern Ireland, paying particular tribute to the members and staff of the Policing Board.
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