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Saturday, 3 November, 2001, 12:17 GMT
Picture gallery: The RUC
RUC cap and badge
The RUC is about to pass into the history books as Northern Ireland prepares for further reforms to its police force.

BBC News Online remembers some key moments in the force's past.

Police and civil rights marchers in 1969
Civil rights marchers faced RUC strong arm tactics

Mural
Use of plastic bullets by the RUC and the security forces has been a source of tension

An RUC officer at Drumcree church
Policing Dumcree has been a regular and difficult duty

RUC police station on the Falls Road
RUC police stations had to be fortified

The service was given the medal in 2000
The Queen presents the RUC with the George Cross

Summer 2001
RUC facing attack from rioters of both communities

Officers escort girls to the Holy Cross School, 2001

Sir Ronnie Flanagan: Current chief constable

Changes ahead: An officer holds the reform plan

Read BBC News Online's full special report on policing reform in Northern Ireland

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