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Exporting the UK Police ‘Brand’: The RUC-PSNI and the International Policing Agenda

Sinclair, Georgina (2012). Exporting the UK Police ‘Brand’: The RUC-PSNI and the International Policing Agenda. Policing: a journal of policy and practice, 6(1) pp. 55–66.

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The British (UK) police have developed since the 19th century from a meshing of two broad systems of policing: civil/English and colonial/Irish. The presence of a civil, unarmed police on the mainland and an armed police in Northern Ireland [aside from the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP)] has benefitted the UK, in terms of international policing assistance, allowing the different facets of the UK policing brand to be transported overseas. The UN-led mission to Kosovo necessitated executive authority policing; the UK government deployed officers from the 10 RUC and MDP; the RUC though being the only home office police force with long-standing operational experience in the use of firearms, in divided community and hostile environment policing, in managing regular high-end public order, providing counter-terrorist policing and a lengthy history in civil–military relations as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland. This expertise was of particular benefit to the peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan from the 1990s through until the present day.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Georgina Sinclair
ISSN: 1752-4512
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 31110
Depositing User: Georgina Sinclair
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 12:34
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