Policing Students study post-conflict issues in visit to Northern Ireland
24 April 2018
Policing Students at the University spent a week in Northern Ireland to explore how the Police Service deals with issues of managing a society which has struggled with conflict.
This month marks the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Students were given the opportunity to understand similarities and differences in policing in two parts of the UK and looked at issues of policing in a post-conflict society.
They visited the Police Ombudsman’s Office on Thursday (April 19) and were given a presentation by investigators Mark McConnell and June McConnell.
Director of Student Engagement for Canterbury’s School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing, Jane Owens, said that although having taken place for the last four years, this year’s event had taken on an added significance.
“The trip is designed to give students an opportunity to understand similarities and differences in policing.
“Throughout this week they have been exploring how the Police Service of Northern Ireland deals with issues of managing a society which has been, and still is to an extent, in conflict.
“With the recent anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it has been an appropriate time for us to consider the past, present and future of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the pressures placed, not only on police, but also local communities.”