Private Security in Britain

Trevor Jones and Tim Newburn

in Private Security and Public Policing

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198265696
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682933 | DOI:

Series: Private Security and Public Policing

Private Security in Britain

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This chapter takes a closer look at what is generally thought of as the ‘private sector’ in policing, namely the ‘private security industry’. In particular, it examines evidence about the size of the industry, the extent to which it has grown in recent decades, and reasons for the ‘rebirth’ of private policing. Much recent discussion about private security in Britain has focused upon the reported large growth in size and importance which the industry has seen over recent years. Estimates of employment, market size, and total industry turnover have been made, some based on the limited evidence available, and others based on little more than informed guesswork. The industry can be divided into three broad sectors: staffed services, security equipment, and investigation.

Keywords: Britain; private policing; private security; private sector; employment; market size; industry turnover; staffed services; security equipment; investigation

Chapter.  15258 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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