Policing Under Fire: Ethnic Conflict and Police-Community Relations in Northern Ireland

Policing Under Fire: Ethnic Conflict and Police-Community Relations in Northern Ireland

by Ronald Weitzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 079142247X

ISBN-13: 9780791422472

Pub. Date: 12/01/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This is a study of the conditions present in an ethnically divided society that affect police-community relations.

This book examines police-community relations in an ethnically divided society, focusing on the attitudes and experiences of the Catholic minority and the Protestant majority, and the lower-class and middle-class sections of those populations.

Overview

This is a study of the conditions present in an ethnically divided society that affect police-community relations.

This book examines police-community relations in an ethnically divided society, focusing on the attitudes and experiences of the Catholic minority and the Protestant majority, and the lower-class and middle-class sections of those populations. These groups attach great importance to, but are often polarized over, issues of police accountability, the handling of complaints against the police, the legitimacy and professionalism of the police force (the Royal Ulster Constabulary), use of deadly force, and the various forms of counterinsurgency policing which is preeminent in Northern Ireland.

The study specifies the conditions under which an ethnic group’s relations with the police are likely to deteriorate or improve. Comparisons to other societies make this more than a case study of Northern Ireland. It is a major contribution to the literature on policing and ethnic conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791422472
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Series:
SUNY series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies Series
Pages:
350

Table of Contents

Tables
Abbreviations
Map of Northern Ireland
Acknowledgments

1. Policing Ethnically Divided Societies

Part 1: From Protestant to British Rule

2. Protestant Policing: 1922-1968

3. Reforming the RUC

Part 2: Core Problems in Police-Community Relations

4. Police Legitimacy and Professionalism

5. Dual Policing: Fighting Crime and Insurgency

6. Police Accountability

Part 3: Improving Police-Community Relations

7. Community Policing in the Shadows

8. Conclusion

Endnotes
Appendix: Community Interviewees
Index

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