‘Ulster’s Policing Goes Global’: The Police Reform Process in Northern Ireland and the Creation of a Global Brand

Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 50, pp. 331-351, 2008

21 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2011

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Graham Ellison

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

Conor O'Reilly

Durham Law School; Escola de Criminologia, Faculdade de Direito da Universidade do Porto

Date Written: April 20, 2008

Abstract

This paper engages with contemporary discussions in relation to the commodification of policing and security. It suggests that the existing literature regarding these trends has been geared primarily towards commercial security providers and has failed to address the processes by which public policing models are commodified and marketed both within, and through, the transnational policing community. Drawing upon evidence from the police change process in Northern Ireland, we argue that a Northern Irish Policing Model (NIPM) has emerged in the aftermath of the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP) reforms. This is increasingly branded and promoted on the global stage. Furthermore, we suggest that the NIPM is not monolithic, but segmented, and targeted towards a number of different ‘consumers’ both domestically and transnationally. Reflecting these diverse markets, the NIPM draws upon two seemingly incongruous constituent elements: the ‘best practice’ lessons of policing transition, as embodied in the ICP reforms; and, the legacy of counter-terrorism expertise drawn from the preceding decades of conflict. The discussion concludes by querying as to which of these components of the NIPM is in the ascendancy.

Keywords: Police Reform, Geo-Branding, Northern Ireland, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Independent Commission on Policing

Suggested Citation

Ellison, Graham and O'Reilly, Conor F., ‘Ulster’s Policing Goes Global’: The Police Reform Process in Northern Ireland and the Creation of a Global Brand (April 20, 2008). Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change, Vol. 50, pp. 331-351, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1816753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1816753

Graham Ellison (Contact Author)

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