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Twenty years of handling police complaints in Ireland: a critical assessment of the supervisory board model

Walsh, Dermot P. J. (2009) Twenty years of handling police complaints in Ireland: a critical assessment of the supervisory board model. Legal Studies, 29 (2). pp. 305-337. ISSN 0261-3875. (doi:10.1111/j.1748-121X.2009.00120.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Twenty years after Ireland adopted an external supervisory board model to promote public confidence in the handling of complaints against the police (the Garda Síochána), it had to replace it with a cross between the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Independent Police Complaints Commission in England and Wales. This paper examines the nature and scale of the board's failure and offers a critique of the internal and external factors responsible. It focuses, in particular, on how the police and the government, acting separately and in combination, managed to smother the potential of the supervisory board model. It also offers insights into how the board contributed to its own failure. The paper concludes by drawing attention to the fact that several of these negative forces can also be active in the new complaints procedure that commenced operations in 2007.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1748-121X.2009.00120.x
Subjects: K Law
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 16:01 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36431 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Walsh, Dermot P. J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6652-4585
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