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  Northern Ireland Assembly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The logo of the Northern Ireland Assembly is a six flowered linen or flax plant, chosen for the plant's historical economic importance to the region.
In 1982 another Northern Ireland Assembly was established at Stormont, initially as a scrutinising body for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland although it received little support from nationalists and was officially dissolved in 1986.
Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly begin with the enacting formula: "BE IT ENACTED by being passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly and assented to by Her Majesty as follows:".
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 Police Service of Northern Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The political party Sinn Féin, which represents about a quarter of Northern Ireland voters, has so far refused to endorse the PSNI until Patten's recommendations are "implemented in full".
The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland deals with any complaints regarding the PSNI and investigates any allegations of serious misconduct by police officers.
The PSNI is the only police force which covers a whole territorial area in the United Kingdom to be routinely armed.
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 Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Grand Orange Lodge
The Patten Commission, in its recommendations, has gone much of the way to meet the demands of those extremists in our society who have been calling for the disbandment of the R.U.C. and there is little comfort in the report for citizens totally committed to the rule of law.
Recruits must be prepared for policing in the wider community, duties that include dealing with ordinary members of the general public and having a clear understanding of their traditions and cultures.
The proposed district policing partnership boards in each of the 26 Northern Ireland regions would inveriably result in a Balkan-style ethnic and sectarian carve-up on operational police matters, disastrously introducing acutely divisive political problems in the realms of law-enforcement across the Province.
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 Human Rights Watch: Letter to Northern Ireland Policing Commission
Assurances that lawyers are accustomed to such abuse does not diminish the fact that harassing lawyers is an abusive police practice that profoundly undermines the administration of justice and may have, in at least one known case, contributed to the murder of a solicitor in Northern Ireland.
Policing peaceful illegal protests requires training in communications and negotiation skills, methods of moving crowds or removing protesters that require little physical force, and a "zero tolerance" policy for the use of sexist and sectarian language in the course of police operations.
We encourage the commission to serve as the catalyst for a broad, substantive "conversation" on the future of policing in Northern Ireland.
www.hrw.org /press98/sept/nire0998.htm   (5407 words)

 Office of the Oversight Commissioner- Background
Policing in Northern Ireland has been, and remains, one of the most contentious issues on both sides of the community.
The caveat of the Commission that the Oversight Commissioner come from a country other than the United Kingdom or Ireland was a signal of the importance of an independent status for the Commissioner.
The IACP is the pre-eminent association of police executives in the world and has agreed to establish a "Blue Ribbon" Committee of active police executives to act as a consultative body to ensure that the reports of the Oversight Commissioner are consistent with best practices and model police policies.
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 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Belfast Agreement
It was endorsed by the voters of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in separate referenda on May 23 1998.
The principle that the constitutional future of Northern Ireland should be determined by the majority vote of its citizens.
Establishment of a British-Irish Council, composed of representatives from the governments of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man, to discuss areas of common concern.
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So-called accountability mechanisms vested with monitoring allegations of police misconduct proved woefully ineffective and legitimate charges of political influence were leveled at such bodies as the Police Authority for Northern Ireland (PANI) and the Independent Commission for Police Complaints (ICPC).
In Northern Ireland, the police have remained relatively immune from prosecution for direct or indirect involvement in disputed killings.
For example, on February 2, 1998, the High Court in Northern Ireland awarded David Adams £30,000, including exemplary damages, after finding that RUC officers had lied to the court about their involvement in a series of brutal assaults upon Mr.
www.hrw.org /press/1999/jan/nire0116.htm   (3613 words)

 Northern Ireland Office // Frequently Asked Questions / Policing
Although totally independent, the Commissioner reports to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who is required to lay each report in Parliament.
Policing in Northern Ireland, as in England and Wales, is largely governed by the “tripartite structure” involving the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Policing Board and the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
In response to a Patten recommendation the Police Fund was set up to help injured police officers, injured retired officers and their families as well as police widows.
www.nio.gov.uk /index/faq/niofaq-policing.htm   (1157 words)

 Representative Christopher H. Smith - (NJ04) - Examining Policing in Northern Ireland
Param Cumaraswamy, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, testified that after a year- long investigation he found that police officers from the then-RUC had indeed “engaged in activities which constitute intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference” with criminal defense attorneys.
As a means to enhance police accountability, the Special Rapporteur also strongly recommended an independent judicial inquiry into the case of Patrick Finucane, the defense attorney who was murdered in front of his wife and children in 1989, under circumstances suggesting possible collusion by officers of the RUC.
The policing culture of the time, a culture of impunity, was indeed a contributing factor.
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 Police Service of Northern Ireland - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is the police service that covers Northern Ireland.
The political party Sinn Féin, which represents about a quarter of Northern Ireland voters, has so far refused to endorse the PSNI until Patten's recommendations are, as it perceives, "implemented in full".
However, the other major nationalist party in the north, the SDLP, has joined the Policing Board and says that it is satisfied that the Patten recommendations are being implemented.
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 BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Report praises policing progress
The commission monitoring changes to policing in Northern Ireland has said the new beginning set out in the Patten report six years ago is well under way.
The report is the 13th by the commission and tells a story of significant progress over the past number of years.
The Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, also known as the Patten Commission, was set up after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/northern_ireland/4074778.stm   (369 words)

 Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000
The Independent Commission, chaired by ChrisPatten, was set up as part of the Good Friday Agreement and tasked with bringing forward proposals which would produce a police service capable of attracting and sustaining support from across Northern Ireland as a whole.
It enables the Policing Board, subject to the consent of the Secretary of State, to provide advice and assistance to international organisations, such as the United Nations, and to any organisation outside the UK which is engaged in policing activities.
It provides that the police shall be under the direction and control of the Chief Constable and that he shall have regard to the policing plan and any code of practice affecting him.
www.opsi.gov.uk /acts/en2000/2000en32.htm   (3740 words)

 Statewatch News online: The Report of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland ( Patten Report)
In order create partnerships between the police, other agencies and the communities at the local level, the Commission recommended that a District Policing Partnership Board (DPPB) should be set up for all of the 26 District Councils in Northern Ireland and four to cover Belfast.
Although the Commission suggested that their functions should be advisory, explanatory and consultative it also recommended that District Councils should have the power to contribute money to enable DPPB's to purchase additional services from the police or statutory agencies or from the private sector.
For example, the provision that the Policing Board should have the power to ask the Chief Constable to report on or inquire into any issue is so restricted that he or she could find a legitimate reason to refuse every request.
www.statewatch.org /news/jun00/07patten1a.htm   (1325 words)

 CAIN: Issues: Policing in Northern Ireland
Press Release issued by the Police Authority of Northern Ireland in response to the publication of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, 17 May 2000
Belfast: Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland; 9 September 1999.
Brewer, John.D. 'The Public and the Police', in Social Attitudes in Northern Ireland: The Second Report, Edited by Peter Stringer and Gillian Robinson.
cain.ulst.ac.uk /issues/police/police.htm   (611 words)

 BBC News | Northern Ireland | The RUC: Head to head
Whatever emerges from the Patten commission it would have been easier for all of us to deal with if the other parts of the agreement were in place, as they should have been, by now.
In the present political context, where the paramilitaries and their political representatives flagrantly and maliciously fly in the face of the commitment to exclusively peaceful and democratic means, any changes to the RUC must be consistent with the level of threat that the community here faces.
IRA terrorism, nationalist objections to the Northern Ireland state through a policy of abstentionism, Rule 21 and the intimidation of Catholic members from their own community have played a large part in determining the make up of the RUC.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/northern_ireland/441604.stm   (1138 words)

As a result of the agreement reached in Belfast on the 10th April 1998, the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland was established.
The Independent Commission has proposed wide ranging changes to the composition of the service and the ways in which the recruitment process operates.
Since September 2002, civilian recruitment for The Police Service of Northern Ireland is being managed and delivered by a specialist HR division of Grafton Recruitment.
www.psni.police.uk /careers   (362 words)

 Patten Report on reform of Royal Ulster Constabulary provokes Unionist outcry
The Police Board appointee's will be made by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in consultation with the First Minister and deputy First Minister of the Assembly.
There will be no genuine reduction of the police presence in Northern Ireland, which presently stands at 13,000 officers for a population of less than 2 million.
We also recommend that the police be equipped with a broader range of public order equipment than the RUC currently possess, so that a commander has a number of options at his or her disposal which might reduce reliance on, or defer resort to, the PBR.”
www.wsws.org /articles/1999/sep1999/ruc-s17_prn.shtml   (1351 words)

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 INCORE: Conflict Data Service: Thematic Guides
The Report of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland: A New Beginning: Policing in Northern Ireland/ Patten Commission Report.
Specifically, the paper “Two-tiered policing – A Middle Way for Northern Ireland?” - http://www.dem-dial.demon.co.uk/two-tier.htm – by Mike Brogden, of March 1998, is noteworthy to the discussions on policing and police reform.
Briefly tells the main objectives of the army in Northern Ireland; other relevant aspects such as specific operations are under construction at time of posting.
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 SOSIG: Northern Ireland Government   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Misrule of Law: A Report on the Policing of Events During the Summer of 1996 in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension Bill) Bill 104 of 2002-03
Statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops on the Publication of the Updated Implementation Plan For Policing in Northern Ireland 19 August 2001
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 Prepared by Justin Reed for ZNet
Ireland Watch condemns the arbitrary holding of Ciarán Ferry who has opted for a life of peace in the United States.
Much of the same establishment and practices of the Northern Ireland Policing Service are the same as that of the previous Royal Ulster Constabulary, a force heavily criticized for its sectarian nature and human rights abuses (http://www.hrw.org/press/nire975.htm, http://www.hrw.org/press98/mar/n-irlnd.htm)
She was murdered on Monday, March 15, when a loyalist booby-trap bomb attached to her car exploded, severing both her legs and causing extensive abdominal injuries.
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 Police Service of Northern Ireland - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This agreement, which helped to end the Irish Republican Army's three-decade-long violent campaign against the Union of Northern Ireland and Great Britain, required the creation of an Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, which became known as the Patten Commission after its chairman, Chris Patten.
The political party Sinn Féin, which represents about a quarter of Northern Ireland voters, refuses to endorse the PSNI until Patten's recommendations are implemented in full.
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 Melanie Phillips’s Articles
The normal practice in such circumstances would be for the coroner to issue a temporary death certificate pending the official inquiry into such a death.
Its loss to an Independent at the last general election was explained away as a backlash against the attempted imposition of an all-women shortlist.
It has tied the police up in knots and been on the side of those who do wrong, from illegal immigrants to criminals cocking a snook at justice and milking the system for compensation.
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 BUBL LINK: Northern ireland
The CAIN server holds resources specific to the Northern Ireland 'Troubles' held within the partner institutions, elsewhere in the region, and in other countries.
Documents the process of governmental devolution in the UK, with sections on Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and proposals for regional government in England.
Offers an overview of Northern Ireland and details of accommodation, houses and gardens, golf, industrial heritage, walking, hiking and horseback activities, events, sample itineraries, transportation, cuisine and restaurants, birdwatching, fishing, ancestral heritage and travel tips.
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 Don't cut police, says RUC chief
The report of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland [9 Sep '99] - Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland
Sir Ronnie Flanagan was speaking during an interview with The Telegraph, the day after the Patten commission recommended the most radical reforms of the RUC in its 77-year history, including a cut in police numbers from 13,000 to fewer than 8,000.
Andrew Mackay, Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman, said the Tories would oppose implementation of the more controversial Patten recommendations before the IRA and other terrorist groups had begun disarming.
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 Find in a Library: The Patten Commission report on policing in Northern Ireland : open meeting before the Subcommittee ...
Find in a Library: The Patten Commission report on policing in Northern Ireland : open meeting before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, first session, September 24, 1999.
The Patten Commission report on policing in Northern Ireland : open meeting before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, first session, September 24, 1999.
Subjects: Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland.
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