Tenth Anniversary of the Patten Report on Policing for Northern Ireland
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10th Anniversary of the Patten Report on Policing for Northern Ireland
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., speaking today on the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Report of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, known as the Patten Report, said:
"Looking back over the past decade, the landscape of policing in Northern Ireland has been transformed. The PSNI is a modern police service, one which is representative of the community that it serves. The blueprint for that transformation was the Patten Report, internationally regarded as the model for representative and accountable policing.
The development of community confidence in policing in the North has in turn strengthened the ongoing political process. All of us who share this island have benefited.
The new Chief Constable, Matt Baggott, will take up duty later this month. He faces the challenging task of furthering the development of the PSNI as it continues to deal with an evolving policing backdrop. I also look forward to a renewed commitment by all sides to the further development of representative and accountable policing in the North, building on the solid and enduring foundation given by Patten, particularly in a context of devolved policing and justice powers.
In order to mark the achievements of the past decade in transforming policing in the North, the British and Irish Governments have invited the Royal Irish Academy to prepare a book drawing lessons from the Report of the Independent Commission on Policing and its implementation. Contributions have been sought from former members of the Commission as well as others directly involved in the implementation process. Publication is envisaged for Spring 2010."
Note to Editors:
Publication of the book will be funded by the Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and by the Northern Ireland Office. It is intended as a practical resource that will be of interest to practitioners and students of policing throughout Ireland and Britain and elsewhere around the world.
9 September 2009