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1 Public Policing Versus Private Security Comparison Paper Julia Jewett AJS/504 02/27/2017 George Gallitano Public Policing Versus Private Security Comparison Paper
2 According to “Interstate Security Corp” (2014), “The public police are a government service provided at local, county, state, or federal levels” (para. 2). Private companies provide the service of private security. Public police and private security have both been around for a long time throughout history. They each serve an individual purpose and are both a benefit to society. This paper will go into depth on the differences and similarities between these two roles. The difference between leadership will be discussed. The relationship of each role with the criminal justice system will be explored. Further, essential policies for each role and the importance of a comprehensive security plan will be discussed. Public Policing It is the responsibility of the government to provide public police service to communities, states, and the country at different levels. Public police must meet strict requirements such as training and certification. They are controlled by many different facets such as government establishments, laws, and politics. Performing their jobs can often be hindered by the restrictions placed upon them by politics and law. They must ensure that they uphold all civil rights and liberties of everyone they are in contact with. Their top priority is the welfare and safety of the public. There are pros and cons to both public policing and private security. Public police are paid salary, which leaves little room for to negotiate and there are no rewards for exceptional job performance. Public police departments typically have little funding that must be used for more than just the salary of the employees. Therefore, negotiating pay based on how well someone does their job is not typically an option. Public police do not usually receive a salary that is the same as or higher than someone who works for a private security company. However, because public police are government controlled, they offer a stable employment with benefits. Public police departments must work from a budget and are non-profit, restricting their access to the newest technologies due to underfunding.
3 Public police and private security share similar responsibilities such as their general duties.

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