Public and Private Police - RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC AND...

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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POLICE 1 Relationship between Public and Private Police Melissa Husk CJS/250 11/2/2014 Maria Brewer Private and public police are imperative to the field of security. Although equally important but in different ways, private and public police face many internal issues with one
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE POLICE 2 another. The private and public police clash with each other on a variety of issues. Commonly, an issue at hand is what defines public and private spaces in which each official commonly practices. The lines of jurisdiction become blurred to officials. This creates tensions within the public and private police sector. Both the private and public police professionals share an overall public safety objective. It is critical the two sectors work together in uniformity or basic understanding. A cohesive relationship is needed between both the private and public police figures to maintain the overall goal. The Relationship The relationship between public and private police is often strained and not cooperative with each other (Clifford, 2004, p. 235). Public law enforcement officials often see private security officials as a weak link in the chain of policing. They are often looked down upon because their credentials in the field differ from that of police officers and training of private employees is subpar to the public police. Security officials are seen as a lower rank in regards to public police officers. However, security officials can meet the needs and goals of private employers that police cannot adequately address. As technology and industry advance, so does the need for private security measures.

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