PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POLICE2Private and Public PolicePrivate police and public police have been working together for a long time. After September 11, 2001 their working relationship became closer, as the demand from citizens increased. Public Police are stretched with additional tasks like homeland security (The Police Chief, 2007), which makes the need for private police higher than ever before. Public police funding can only cover so much, however the private sector can hire security for any job, no matter the size. It is said that “85 percent of critical U.S. infrastructure is protected by private security companies” (The Police Chief, 2007). This is because the private security companies can hire additional people as needed because they have specific contracts that are paid for. With Public police, the budget is set up annually and when more tasks are developed in a public policedepartment, they are forced to cut part of their predetermined budget to accommodate the new jobs.