Policing effectiveness is now the issue…

With most practical policing reforms now bedding in, Breige Gadd argues that it is the effectiveness of their work that counts more than ever.

It is also interesting to note that Northern Ireland society, freed from the old fears of bombs and bullets, is now finding a strong voice that is asking pertinent questions about how effective the police are at preventing crime, or dealing with it when inevitably it occurs. Last week’s sad and heinous city centre attack, along with recent other high-profile cases both here and in the rest of the UK, have put matters of crime at the forefront of the agenda and of our minds again.

It must be a new experience for the senior police personnel to be under scrutiny about something as relatively trivial as how many police foot patrols there are in the city centre at any given time. However, this question and many more like it will be the shape of policing accountability for the future in our normal society.

  • David Michael

    I wished to contribute to this thread but couldn’t. Why? Because Slugger had blocked my IP, a proxy.

    This is the second time this has happened, and it’s tedious. I use a proxy when surfing the net for privacy reasons. I don’t like sites harvesting information about me, and I don’t like spammers either.

    If Slugger does not allow proxy servers then it should say so in the rules.

    And the question arises: if Slugger is harvesting info, what is this info being used for?

  • David Michael


    It’s happened again! Yet another proxy blocked.

    Perhaps an explanation is in order, Mick. Or at least include this new rule in the rules.

  • Mick Fealty

    I really have no idea what you are talking about David. I have banned some IP addys of past miscreants, but not without checking that they were (so far as one can tell) their own – ie not shared.

    I’m a blogger not a techie. But so far as I know, there is no blanket break on proxies.

  • David Michael

    Hmm, could it be your webmaster, Mick?

    I’m glad to hear there’s no blanker ban on proxies. This one seems to be working OK, touch wood 🙂