The advantages and challenges presented by pursuing a policy of representative ethnic and cultural diversity in the Garda Siochana

Corcoran, Donal P. (2008) The advantages and challenges presented by pursuing a policy of representative ethnic and cultural diversity in the Garda Siochana. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation opens by describing the major changes that Irish society has experienced in recent years. It establishes that at a socio-cultural level there has clearly been a movement from singular to plural divisions directly due to the large numbers of diverse immigrants entering Ireland. The comparatively unchanged composition of the Irish police, relative to such societal change is then recognised. In order to better reflect such societal diversification within its ranks, the Irish police have introduced a recent policy designed to arrive at proportional representation. This work substantiates the necessity for a policing organisation to fully represent the demographic composition of society. It establishes from literature the advantages and challenges presented by pursuing a policy of ethnic and cultural diversification. Primary research consists of semi-structured interviews with Garda personnel and establishes their expectations in respect of the newly introduced policy. The work concludes that the current policy of ethnic and cultural diversification in the Irish police is necessary. A number of conclusions are drawn and recommendations made, that primarily relate to the expected advantages and challenges that may face such a diversification process.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/626

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