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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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A New Beginning to Policing in Northern Ireland – The Report of The Independent Commission On Policing For Northern Ireland

A New Beginning to Policing in Northern Ireland – The Report of The Independent Commission On Policing For Northern Ireland

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(p.29) Chapter Two A New Beginning to Policing in Northern Ireland – The Report of The Independent Commission On Policing For Northern Ireland
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Policing in Northern Ireland
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Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.003.0003

This chapter summarises the report of the Independent Commission on Policing chaired by Lord Patten, published in September 1999. It explains the significance of the report for the subsequent transformation of policing in Northern Ireland. It sets out the key elements to what was seen as the new beginning for policing in Northern Ireland including human rights policing, accountability to be delivered through the new Policing Board, District Policing Partnerships, policing with the community, human resource issues including 50:50 recruitment, culture, ethos and symbols. The chapter notes the choice of title Policing Board as providing a wider responsibility than just overseeing the Police. The chapter concludes with reflections on the report.

Keywords:   Independent Commission, Patten report, New beginning, Accountability, Policing Board

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