Robert Block re-examines the ‘Broken Windows’ theory of policing and finds it still has major application. In his book The Tipping Point, published in 2000, the author Malcolm Gladwell introduced the broader public to the theory of ‘Broken Windows’ policing. In this work he outlined the spiralling crime problems in New York in the 1980s and the apparent inability to […]
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What is and should be expected of police forces such as An Garda Síochána when it comes to behaving ethically? Robert Block investigates. Because of the public nature of the role of the gardaí and the fact that there is, rightfully, a high expectation that members of the Force will act in a manner befitting that role, the question arises […]
To rank and file gardaí, the latest whistleblowing saga appears very much like these things always appear to those who work the frontline – diversionary hot air writes John O’Keeffe. Picture this scene if you will. Tom has been in the Force for 15 years.* He graduated from Templemore at a time when the Celtic Tiger had begun to lick […]
Frontline gardaí go into the unknown yet their contribution is undervalued in their remuneration, argues John O’Keeffe THE British prime minister, David Cameron recently claimed that more police in the UK now work on the ‘frontline’ than at any other time in the Force’s history. Independent analysis would appear to support this proposition. Some 83% operate almost exclusively on […]