Journal Article

EXPLORING INVESTIGATIVE POLICING: A Study of Private Detectives in Britain

MARTIN GILL and JERRY HART

in The British Journal of Criminology

Published on behalf of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (formerly ISTD)

Volume 37, issue 4, pages 549-567
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0007-0955
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1464-3529 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjc.a014197
EXPLORING INVESTIGATIVE POLICING: A Study of Private Detectives in Britain

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Even with the recent growth of interest in private policing, very little has been written about the work of private investigators. This is surprising considering their relatively long history and undeniably high profile in popular culture. This article discusses their modern role in the context of four key issues: competence, legitimacy, relationship with the public police and future challenges in managing a diverse policing structure. It describes the services they most typically provide, identifies their principal client groups and reflects on how statutory regulation might impact upon their work. This paper aims to develop awareness of what remains one of the most obscure forms of policing and social control.

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Subjects: Criminology

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