Private Security and Public Policing

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

byTrevor Jones, Tim Newburn

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In this first major empirical study of its kind, the authors examine the growth of 'private' policing and its relationship with, and implications for, the public police service. Beginning with a critique of the sociology of policing, the authors then provide a detailed analysis of the conceptsof public and private, and examine the boundaries between different forms of policing. Using data from the first ever survey of the private security sector in Britain, the authors provide estimates of the numbers of employees and firms in the industry; the range of services and products offered; andthe attitudes of those at senior levels in private security organizations. Competiting theoretical explanations for the growth of private policing are then considered. The book then examines policing at the local level. Using a case study of the London Borough of Wandsworth, the authors examine therange of individuals and organizations involved in policing on the ground. They describe and analyse the activities of the full range of 'policing' bodies, including the public police force, investigatory and regulatory agencies attached to national and local government, and private securityorganizations. Using this analysis, the authors offer a thorough reconceptualization of what is meant by 'policing' in the late modern era, and consider the implications of this for the public police service and for the future of policing generally.

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In this first major empirical study of its kind, the authors examine the growth of 'private' policing and its relationship with, and implications for, the public police service. Beginning with a critique of the sociology of policing, the authors then provide a detailed analysis of the conceptsof public and private, and examine the boun...

Trevor Jones is a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this he worked at the Policy Studies Institute in London for eight years. Dr Tim Newburn is head of Crime, Justice and Youth Studies at the Policy Studies Institute and Visiting Professor, Goldsmiths College, London. He previously worked at the Home O...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198265697

ISBN - 13:9780198265696

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Table of Contents

1. The Sociology of Policing2. The Public-Private Dichotomy3. Private Security in Britain4. The Growth of Private Security5. Policing Bodies in Wandsworth6. Policing Wandsworth in Practice7. The Boundaries of Public and Private Policing8. Making Sense of the Policing Division of LaborBibliographyIndex

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From a criminological perspective, Jones and Newburn, drawing on their major empirical study, make a significant contribution to the emerging body of literature concerned with the role of private security./ For those academics and practitioners who seek to grapple with these issues in thefuture this well argued and well written text makes a vital contribution./ Lesley Noaks, Cardiff University, Journal of Law and Society, Vol 26, no2, June 1999