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Title: Implementing policing with the community in Northern Ireland : an exercise in strategic organisational change
Author: McGinley, Micaela
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2006
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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is currently undergoing substantial and radical change. This study explores the views and experiences of PSNI officers towards the new style of Policing with the Community, as envisaged by the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with 50 officers in neighbourhood or 'sector' policing teams within two PSNI Districts. Content analysis procedures were applied to classify the meanings present in the data and to identify recurring themes. The study has revealed seven key themes impacting upon the successful implementation of Policing with the Community within the PSNI. These are: (1) Supportive spirit for Policing with the Community, (2) Difficulties in translating the philosophy into practice, (3) Staffing Issues, (4) Engaging with the community, (5) Measuring and Rewarding Sector Performance, (6) Role confusion, and (7) Split force approach militates against Policing with the Community. These themes are examined in the context of international research demonstrating difficulties with implementing community policing worldwide. They are also explored in relation to established psychological models of organizational change. Insights are offered on the management of the ongoing change programme within policing in Northern Ireland. These revolve around seeing change as a successful alignment of organizational mission, structures and operating procedures; exploring the implications for PSNI of planned and emergent models of change; and understanding police culture as a product of relations and interactions with the wider environment. Policy implications and priorities for practice are identified.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Occ.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.532647  DOI: Not available
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