Policing cultural diversity in Ireland: is it working?

Walker, Adrienne (2014) Policing cultural diversity in Ireland: is it working? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation begins by exploring what is meant by cultural diversity and why, in the wake of government inquiry reports amid civic unrest, it became a concern for policing in England and Wales. The need for cultural diversity strategies and policies to maintain police legitimacy and reduce the social harms resulting from organisational and societal prejudice in a multicultural society are explored. The transfer of these strategies and policies to another multicultural jurisdiction, the Republic of Ireland, is then demonstrated and, using a combination of literature review and primary research data, this dissertation evaluates the extent to which policing cultural diversity in Ireland has achieved the aims set by the Irish police in a Diversity Strategy document.
    A literature review documents the challenges that Ireland faces in coming to terms with a rapidly changed demographic; inherent intolerance amongst the indigenous population but also a willingness within the state structure to address these challenges through the implementation of proactive policing policies and strategies. It also acknowledges that a paucity of evaluation of these policies and strategies has led to a gap in knowledge that is addressed in this dissertation.
    Semi-structured interviews with members of the ethnic community, an ethnic community support organisation and a serving member of An Garda Síochána provided data which was analysed to evaluate the extent to which cultural diversity policies and strategies were meeting the policing needs of the ethnic community in three key areas: confidence in the Police; community engagement; and racism and discrimination.
    The dissertation concludes that, whilst progress has been made towards meeting the policing needs of the ethnic community, there is scope for further progress to address areas of concern, as well as inconsistencies in approach, that were identified. In acknowledgement that this study involved a small number of respondents in one particular geographical region, it recommends that further study be conducted involving a larger number of respondents to determine if the findings are representative of all regions of Ireland.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16518

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