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NCJ Number: 93795 Find in a Library
Title: Policing and Private Security
Author(s): A S Rees
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 107
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Seminar papers presented by private security professionals, police, public officials, and researchers addressed many facets of the private security industry, including relationships with the police and government regulation.
Abstract: The director of the Australian Institute of Criminology highlighted problems caused by the rapid growth of the private security firms, commenting that the industry should take the initiative for establishing standards. In contrast, the next speaker described components of the Australian security industry and portrayed it as an industry that realizes its responsibilities, has established standards, and cooperates with the police. A researcher surveyed problems encountered in investigating private security in Australia, such as defining the industry, the lack of empirical data, and poor response to questionnaires from firms. The next paper discussed the rapid growth of private security in Canada and how it may represent a revolution in policing. This speaker and others noted that private security firms often exercise powers, such as search and surveillance, that would not be tolerated from public police. Another essay placed private security in a broad context, arguing that the meaning of crime and public attitudes toward police are derived from an era's social and moral climate. Police officers predicted that private police firms will continue to grow as police numbers are restricted by the government. While they felt private police had an important role as an adjunct for normal police services, these officers also emphasized that persons in the industry must be properly trained and controlled. The report summarizes comments on each paper as well as a general discussion. Many papers include references. A list of seminar partcipants is appended.
Index Term(s): Australia; Private police
Note: Proceedings - Training Project number 4915, Canberra, May 18-20, 1982
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