Shifting Paradigms: Policing in Northern Ireland

Jean M. McGloin, Rutgers University

The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 was the explicit base for the politically shared, though fragile, internal government of Northern Ireland. This governmental shift towards contemporary, democratic government has highlighted the centrality of the national police force. To clarify, the police force, which was previously an instrument of control, must now become an organization that strives for the consent and support of the publi. Using Mawby's (1990, 1999) models of poliing as an organizational framework, this articl places attention on the policing paradigms of Northern Ireland over the course of its social history. It puts forth the argument that, despite some strategic changes, it is only upon the heels of the Good Friday Agreement and the consequent governmental change that the police force has begun to shift its operational paradigm away from the colonial model toward an Anglo-Saxon odel.

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