Policing Wandsworth in Practice

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

Policing Wandsworth in Practice

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This chapter looks at some of the relationships that develop between policing bodies in practice, and how ‘collectively’ they police Wandsworth. In building up a picture of policing in Wandsworth, the material is arranged around three sets of key issues. The first concerns the competing explanations for the rise or ‘rebirth’ of private policing. The explanations generally fall into two camps: ‘fiscal constraint’ theory and ‘structuralist’ or mass private property theory. The second set of issues concerns the relationships between the public sector and the private sector in policing or, more particularly, the extent to which the ‘junior partner’ or ‘economic’ models of these relationships approximate to the observed realities of contemporary Wandsworth. This chapter analyses the degree of competition, cooperation, and co-existence between policing organisations on the ground. It also reconsiders some of the debates about the nature of public justice and private justice in the light of the previous discussion of the nature of policing relationships in Wandsworth.

Keywords: Wandsworth; policing bodies; structuralist theory; private policing; fiscal constraint theory; competition; public justice; private justice; cooperation

Chapter.  16984 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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