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NCJ Number: 167549 Find in a Library
Title: Private and Voluntary Policing Service in Turkey
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(July 1996)  Pages:129-133
Author(s): A H Aydin
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After discussing the meaning of the concept of "police" in Turkey, this paper distinguishes between the public and private police in that country and discusses the relationship between them, as well as the extent to which private and voluntary policing exists in Turkey.
Abstract: The private police in Turkey refers only to the guards or security officers employed by private companies, not to "security firms" or the security industry. Private detective bureaus are still not legal in Turkey. The author suggests that should these private companies be legalized, the enhanced status of the profession would attract youth who are seeking a career or new opportunities. Also, there is no organized form of voluntary police such as the Special Constabulary or Neighborhood Watch, but only some individual volunteers who act as vigilantes and typically do not cooperate with the police. Vigilantism is widespread, especially in the East and Southeastern regions of the country. These areas are not properly policed due to the continuing problem of terrorism. Because people need security and protection for their property, when police do not provide the services necessary to meet these needs, citizens will attempt to perform policing functions themselves. The organization of voluntary policing is an urgent issue in Turkey. 32 references
Main Term(s): Private police
Index Term(s): Foreign police; Turkey
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