This course draws on the experience of policing communities suffering violent and armed conflict in which the state and its institutions are under attack and losing public confidence and trust.

Course rationale

In such a situation the police force must secure the community and ultimately the state, and, in so doing may have to rely on the support of the military.  This presents unique challenges not least because the military are not trained for the civilian policing role, and, as the insurgents reside in and draw support from their community they do not offer an identified armed group which can be easily targeted.  The task is conflict resolution (including action against the insurgents) rather than a singular focus on security policing to combat the insurgents.  The policing experience of Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles' was a conflict resolution approach and provides a case study on how the police can balance security policing with community oriented policing.  The lessons identified are also applicable to communities (not yet in armed conflict) that lack trust in the state institutions and the police can still function without military support.

Students will develop an understanding of the interaction between security policing tactics and community support. The course will address theoretical, legal and practical issues relating to the polarisation of communities, security and intelligence led policing on community and community policing. The knowledge and lessons learnt from the NI experience will develop students understanding of how police commanders can successfully work with military support to rebuild community support.

Course details

5 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Entry requirements

No specific requirements delivery will be in English.

Key Benefits

Students will:

  • Learn how police officers can manage working with military support
  • Be able to understand and distinguish between a conflict resolution and Anti terrorism approach
  • Gain awareness of the how security policing can be viewed by communities and the importance to view police action as contributing to conflict resolution rather than defeating terrorism
  • Understand the theoretical and legal issues for police dealing with an armed conflict
  • Be able to apply their knowledge by discussing the issues and challenges with experienced practitioners