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S.C. Aveyard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096402

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096402.001.0001

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Police primacy and the myth of Ulsterisation

Police primacy and the myth of Ulsterisation

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(p.134) 7 Police primacy and the myth of Ulsterisation
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S.C. Aveyard

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096402.003.0008

This chapter shows how over the course of 1976 plans were prepared to adjust security policy in line with Rees’s desire for police primacy, leading to the professionalization of the RUC and a marked change in the responsibilities and actions of the security forces. By placing greater emphasis on police work and proceeding through the courts, as well as limiting the way in which the army operated, it was hoped that support for paramilitary groups would be undermined. In September 1976 Rees moved to the Home Office and Roy Mason took his place. Some authors have depicted this changing of the guard as heralding a more confident and aggressive security policy. While his rhetorical efforts were effective in securing confidence from unionists, his contribution to security policy was minimal.

Keywords:   Police primacy, Ulsterisation, Security forces, Courts, Roy Mason

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