Success & Failure in Terrorist Investigations: Research and lessons from Northern Ireland.

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Police investigations of terrorist incidents are rarely straightforward. This paper reports the findings of research that looked at low-level paramilitary attacks in Northern Ireland which have taken place during the ceasefire era. Of 500 incidents studied, 28 were followed by the arrest of suspects. The study examines what factors were important for linking later arrests with other features of the incident. These results are discussed in terms of the wider implications for the successful investigation of paramilitary offences and in terms of the specific implications for investigative policing within Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-261
Number of pages12
JournalLow Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • terrorism
  • Northern Ireland
  • Troubles
  • counterterrorism
  • paramilitaries
  • policing

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