Miks peaks iirlaste näide meile huvi pakkuma? Aga sellepärast, et usaldust politsei vastu mõõdetakse ka meil ja avalikud seletused usaldusest on üsna ühekülgsed. Ei ole põhjust arvata, et valed, kuid ühekülgsed. Siinviidatu on vabalevis olev tekst, mis otsib vastuseid küsimustele, millest üldiselt hoidutakse. Väga huvitav tekst.

Kontekstiks:

[…] as noted by Hough et al. (2013: 43) ‘encounters with the most public-facing element of the CJS [criminal justice system] – the police – can inform ideas about other elements of the system (especially the courts and prisons), and about its fairness as a whole’ (see also Hamilton and Black, 2019; Hough and Roberts, 2004; Indermaur and Roberts, 2009). […] Despite the vaunted importance of confidence or trust in the police, the data appear to show a decline in these measures in certain Western jurisdictions dating from at least the 1980s.

Paljudes riikides on usaldus politsei vastu languses, sestap Schaapi küsimus:

Schaap (2020a) also raises the valid point about the need for the police to achieve a ‘re-legitimation’ (Reiner, 2010: 99) in the very challenging conditions in which police now operate, which include, inter alia, demands to respond to technological developments and a changed media landscape.

Aga iirlastel on huvitav olukord:

Against this background, the case of Ireland presents as a useful puzzle. In seeming contrast to our nearest neighbours in the United Kingdom, Irish rates of confidence in the police have, in the words of one leading commentator, remained ‘strikingly and stubbornly high’ (Mulcahy, 2016: 275; see also Conway, 2010, 2019; Manning, 2012).

Gardast:

Thus, An Garda Síochána established in the wake of the Irish War of Independence, while similar in organisational structure to the old Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), deliberately and consciously pursued a distinct ideological ethos and cultural identity. […] For many decades, therefore, local community input into policing in Ireland has been informal rather than formal in nature. It was as if the establishment of formal structures facilitating police-public contact would somehow ‘sully’ the more implicit and organic links with the community that the Gardaí had fostered since their creation

Vaatamata kõigele:

More recent events involving two Garda whistleblowers, Sergeant Maurice McCabe and Garda John Wilson, mark another period of intense controversy (Mulcahy, 2021). […] Moreover, at the height of the whistleblower scandal in February/March 2014, a number of overlapping controversies emerged: one involving claims that incoming/outgoing telephone calls were taped and recorded in a large number of Garda stations, and another relating to suspicions that the offices of GSOC were under covert electronic surveillance by an unknown party.

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

In the Irish context, it may be that commitment to the goals of procedural justice (dignity, respect, empathy) is enacted through informal as well as formal processes, as has been argued for restorative justice conferencing (Miller and Hefner, 2015).

Hamilton, C., & Black, L. (2021). ‘Strikingly and stubbornly high’: Investigating the paradox of public confidence in the Irish police. European Journal of Criminology, 14773708211046194.