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Title: Crime and Protection in America - A Study of Private Security and Law Enforcement Resources and Relationships
Author(s): W C Cunningham; T H Taylor
Corporate Author: Hallcrest Systems, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 1293
Sponsoring Agency: Hallcrest Systems, Inc
McLean, VA 22101
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This descriptive research report on relationships between private security and public law enforcement discusses the increasing role of private security in citizen protection, including programs and resources, crime prevention, deficiencies in security services and personnel, and interaction with law enforcement agencies.
Abstract: The study reveals that primary protection responsibility is shifting from the public to the private sector, and the private sector diverts significant amounts of crime from the criminal justice system. The private security resources of businesses, institutions, government, and citizens (guards, alarm systems, investigators, armored cars, etc.) exceed Federal, State, and local law enforcement expenditures and personnel. The topics of discussion in this report include profiles of security program content, services, and personnel; an assessment of economic crime impact; police 'moonlighting' employment in private security, response to false alarms, and other problems in police-private security relationships; the impact of security technology; and security education, training, and regulatory controls. Recommendations relate to the more effective use of private security and law enforcement resources to combat crime and to relieve police agenices of their large workload of noncrime-related calls for service. Project research techniques used national and local surveys and interviews with police and security managers, as well as site studies in two urban counties, a literature review, and an economic projection of private security spending. A volume of technical appendixes contains the methodological approach to the project; survey questionnaires and data from national surveys of law enforcement and security managers, national and regional security executives, and field study survey data; key provisions of State regulatory legislation; an economic forecast of the U.S. private security industry; and a list of selected security-related associations. Tabular data are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Police-private police cooperation; Private police; Security systems
Note: issued in four numbered volumes
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