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Running head: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POLICE 1 Relationship between Public and Private Police Helen Reynolds CJS/250 - Introduction to Security May 26, 2013 Jerry Maloon
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POLICE 2 Relationship between Public and Private Police The concept of private police is not new. The relationship between public and private security officers has been a longstanding topic of debate. Standards, status, and space make up the enduring dispute between public and private security officers. The key to building and maintaining successful relationships is closing the gaps that separate them. Everyone is responsible for security however, not everyone is capable of maintaining security appropriately. Some desire only to protect their private assets with a disregard for others making public security a necessity. Not only do people interpret things differently but all people are not exempt from the dangers that society holds. Security comes in many different forms just as some environments require more security than others. Public security is provided at no charge to everyone while private security is attained through financial obligation by individuals or organizations (Clifford, 2004). Employing about 1.1 million, private security is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, far outnumbering the amount of public officers (SEIU, n.d.). Private security is expanding into areas that were once the sole jurisdiction of public law enforcement. History has played a dynamic role in public and private police relations. The influence of Sir Robert Peel’s principles of policing is still utilized today. In 1829, Sir Robert Peel’s Metropolitan Police was the first modern police force to establish professionalism and accountability through organization; community policing was established. Officers were required to wear uniforms and use a chain of command. Present day policing still functions under organization, professionalism, accountability, and the use of the chain of command. However, in today’s society, not all officers are required to wear a uniform but they still carry a badge with a number inscribed on it (Walker & Katz, 2011).

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