The policing of racist violence – a way forward for Northern Ireland

Patel, T ORCID: 2008, The policing of racist violence – a way forward for Northern Ireland , in: British-Irish Section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control - Capital, Culture, Power: Criminalisation and Resistance, 2-4 July 2008, Liverpool, England. (Unpublished)

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Given the increase in the reporting of racist incidents in Northern Ireland involving attacks against members of its black minority ethnic population, this paper focuses on the degree to which these racist incidents are successfully policed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Findings of an empirical pilot study undertaken between the period of October 2007 and March 2008 is reported on. In drawing parallels with police forces in Britain, with which the PSNI and patterns of racism in Northern Ireland can now most be likened to, the aim of the study was to gain an insight into organisational changes as well as the lived experiences and attitudes of operational officers in their policing of duties in matters relating to race, racism and racist incidents. The key finding of the research was that although the policing of racist incidents were being taken seriously on an organisational level, underlying assumptions about a racial hierarchy hindered policing on a operational level. The paper makes a number of recommendations on how to best move forward with policing of racist incidents in Northern Ireland, in order to produce fair and accountable policing, as well as justice for those experiencing racist incidents.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Tina G. Patel
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2011 10:35
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:48

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