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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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Police Emblem and Flag

Police Emblem and Flag

(p.165) Chapter Seven Police Emblem and Flag
Policing in Northern Ireland

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Liverpool University Press

This short chapter deals with the contentious issue of symbolism, in relation to the creation of a new emblem and flag for the PSNI. The Commission’s judgement that the new beginning could not be achieved unless the issue of the nationalist community feeling unable to identify with the present name and symbols associated with the police was addressed. The Commission had recommended an emblem free from association with both the British and Irish States. The chapter describes how the Board took ownership of the issue in its very early days, quickly and unanimously reaching a widely-applauded solution that did contain elements of both traditions. It demonstrated what could be achieved across the political spectrum if representatives worked together. The process of introducing the new uniform is also described, again on a timescale that meant the new emblem and uniform were available at 5 April 2002 for the graduation of the first PSNI recruits.

Keywords:   Policing Board, Badge, Emblem, Flag, Uniform

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