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Relationship Between Private and Public Police 1 Relationship Between Private and Public Police Vanessa Ibarrondo Jeffrey Roop CJS/250 September 28, 2014
Relationship Between Private and Public Police 2 Relationship Between Private and Public Police The relationship between private and public police has been a concern for a long time. Each has duties to provide a level of protection to the public, however the level of protection they offer raise concerns. One of the concerns is that if private police protection as necessary as public police. Since both private and public police are needed to help protect the community there is a positive relationship between the both. The public and private police do share some similarities, however there are some things that are different. The first difference that is a major one, is private police are hired to provide protection to a particular person(s) or place. In recent years the need for private security has increased. The increase may be a result of the growing number of criminal acts committed by drug users, gangs, juveniles or even cybercriminals (Clifford, 2004). Another reason for the need to hire private police is that there is a decline in the amount of sworn law enforcement, which has left many communities without sufficient protection. “Financially speaking, police departments around the country have been stretched and therefore have to rely on private security to pick-up the slack. Areas traditionally policed by sworn officers, such as parks and alleys, are patrolled by private security” (Pastor, 2010).

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