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NCJ Number: 72677 Find in a Library
Title: Private Police
Author(s): H Draper
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 173
Sponsoring Agency: Humanities Press, Inc.
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Sale Source: Humanities Press, Inc.
17 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Addressed to the security and private detective industries, this book provides an overview of the achievements and shortcomings of these rapidly expanding industries.
Abstract: The history of the private detective industry is reviewed. The latest development in the detective professions is identified as the expansion by some agencies into the field of security services. This trend implies that the distinction between detective agencies and security companies is becoming somewhat blurred, making it dificult to isolate the problems of the two functioning groups. Three broad divisions of the security industry are discussed: companies manufacturing locks and safes, companies producing electronic alarm devices, and companies providing guard services. Emphasizing the manned side of the security industry, discussions center on retail security staff, industrial guards, the armored-car business, and other private security personnel. Problems within the private security industry that are addressed include the possibility of criminals setting up their own firms, misuse of surveillance devices, the proliferation of weapons, and strained relationships between the public and private police. The intrusion of private security forces into society is a growing reality. The real threat in the growth of such services lies in the incidence of poor quality services and inadequate training and instruction of private security personnel. A subject index is appended.
Index Term(s): Investigative powers; Private investigators; Private police
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