Private Security

Jean‐Paul Brodeur

in The Policing Web

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199740598
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866083 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Private Security

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Chapter 8 bears on private security. First, issues of definition, the state of knowledge and the history of private security are addressed. Second, data on the international scope and growth of manned private security and of the security manufacturing industry are presented and their validity assessed. It is argued that these data are fluctuating, change their meaning from country to country, and only allow for limited conclusions. Third, the findings of a case study of the use of stun guns (Tasers) in Canada are presented to support the claim that the potential of security technology to transform policing is greater than the potential of increasing manned private security. A fourth part examines private high policing. Finally, the powers of private security personnel are compared to those of public peace officers. In conclusion, the model presented in Chapter 7 is fully developed in order to integrate the private sector.

Keywords: private security; growth; personnel; manufacturing; technology; weapons; high policing; powers; model; police‐industrial complex

Chapter.  23009 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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