Welcome to Policed in Ireland, the podcast that seeks to capture the experiences people have with the police, and put those voices front and centre. Hosted by Dr Vicky Conway, this series will cover how communities and individuals experience policing, both good and bad, and offer expert opinion and context to these stories.
22. Cyclists and Road Safety: Conn’s Story
This week we consider and focus on the Garda role of road safety. In particular, Conn from Cork talks to us about his experiences of engaging with the Gardaí as a cyclist. The difficulties experienced in the reporting of crime points to cultural stereotyping of cyclists and a dismissal of the seriousness of the issue. We also speak to Mike McKilllen of cyclist.ie who speaks of an institutional blindness towards cyclists.
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Policed The Beat: Policing Crowds
We're joined by Prof Clifford Stott of Keele University, a world leading researcher on crowd psychology who has long been involved in advising police forces internationally on the policing of crowds, particularly around football hooliganism. Reflecting on what happened in Dublin this weekend, he explains why it is essential we leave moralising at the door, engage with the underlying issues, and really carefully reflect on how the police action can potentially descalate or exacerbate a crowd situation. This is something An Garda Síochána, city councils and the government need to engage with immediately.
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21. Addiction with James Leonard
This week our very own James Leonard, of the Two Norries Podcast, talks to us about his experience of policing. We consider how young people in working class areas are policed and the interventions the Gardaí made in his life. To give context to this, Prof Shadd Maruna of Queens University Belfast, talks to us about the research on resistance: what actually enables people to move away from criminal activity. The episode raises big questions about how the police engage with those involved in drugs, what's considered 'antisocial' and criminal activity.
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The Policing Authority CEO, Helen Hall
In this episode of Policed: the Beat we talked to Helen Hall, CEO of the Policing Authority, about a consultation currently running on what should be the priorities for the work of An Garda Síochána next year. We discuss what it means to prioritise different things, why it matters that the public has a say in this, how it shapes the work of the Gardaí, and what role the Policing Authority plays in all of this.
The consultation is open at www.policingauthority.ie and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
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20. Kayleigh’s Story
In the 20th episode of Policed in Ireland, we hear from Kayleigh, about her experiences of reporting sexual violence to An Garda Síochána. We know that this is one of the most underreported crimes, and so hearing what it's like when someone does report is really important. Kayleigh tells us about what it meant as a teenager to report sexual violence, and not have it taken seriously. She is also able, through more recent experiences, to reflect on more responses from Gardaí. A necessary listen.
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Policed The Beat: Body Worn Cameras
Vicky is joined, in this episode of The Beat by Sharda Murria of Birmingham City University, to talk about Body Worn Cameras. With legislation in train for using Body Worn Cameras in Ireland, Sharda talks to us about what emerging research tells us about the consequences and benefits of them.
Then she tells us about systems in England and Wales which allow members of the public to sit on panels where they review footage of stop and searches and provide feedback to the police. It's a fascinating discussion that will really make you think about how these are not just a tool for accountability, but also transparency and learning. You can read more about Sharda's work HERE
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Best podcast in Ireland
When listening you might want to interject with a ‘yes, but...’ and that is what makes it so good. You can’t. You have to listen and appreciate the person’s experience of being policed. It tells you a lot about your own biases and expectation of what the Gardaí would say in response. It feels like a podcast of restorative justice.
Love This Series
Feel entertained, annoyed by the injustice and informed by the contribuions. Great listen
One sided and unbalanced
This is a podcast that had promise but spectacularly fails to live up it. The major issue is that at no point are factual issues the interviewees speak about pushed back against. Thus allowing their own false narratives to be given some level of credibility they don’t deserve.