Privatization of Policing

James F. Pastor

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online June 2011 | | DOI:
Privatization of Policing

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Privatization of police is quite controversial. It has strong opposition from wide-ranging viewpoints and interests. These criticisms have economic, operational, accountability, legal/constitutional, and sovereignty concerns. Each has powerful and compelling logic. They also are posited by powerful and passionate detractors. On the other side of the debate, advocates for privatization tend to see any such criticisms in a more dispassionate, pragmatic manner. Many, if not most, of these views, center on the notion that the status quo is not working, or is not adequate to provide for sufficient levels of public safety services. In the end, this debate may center on those who desire to preserve a government “monopoly” on policing versus those who desire to expand the notion of public safety to private-sector personnel and firms that provide “security” services. The former tend to advocate for government-based solutions, while the latter advocate for market-based solutions. Consequently, the privatization-of-police debate represents a larger worldview oriented around whether government or market forces are the primary solution to human and societal challenges and problems.

Article.  5979 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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