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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 Members of the Policing Board

The Members of the Policing Board

(p.65) Chapter Four The Members of the Policing Board
Policing in Northern Ireland

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details the process for the appointments to the first Policing Board established in autumn 2001, and subsequent reconstitutions. It sets out the job description for the nine independent members and the delay in the process. The composition of the first Board, including the chair Desmond Rea and vice-chair Denis Bradley, is listed. The chair’s statement at the first public session of the Board is quoted in full, and other matters at that meeting are summarised. The subsequent reconstitutions of March 2006, May 2007 (when Sinn Fein took membership of the Board for the first time) and May 2009 are described. The chapter notes that the Board’s Unionist members were opposed to the implementation of key aspects of the Patter report, and concludes that strength of the Board was the composition of independent members alongside political ones.

Keywords:   Policing board, Independent members, Political members, Reconstitution, Desmond Rea, Denis Bradley

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