Definition of the Royal Ulster Constabulary from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Royal Ulster Constabulary

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(abbreviation the RUC)
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the police force of Northern Ireland, named in 1922. It worked closely with the British army during the years of political violence in Northern Ireland. After the Good Friday Agreement a review of policing in Northern Ireland led to its replacement in 2001 by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.