Over the past few years there has been exponential growth in the private security industry as concerns about safety and risk have become increasing preoccupations in the western world. At the same time there has been a huge change in the balance and structure of policing in the direction of fragmentation and pluralisation. This book meets the need for a concise and up-to-date account of private policing, situating it within the context of the debates on policing more generally and the changing relationship between public and private policing. Private Policing examines the origins of private policing, the growing literature that has sought to explain its growth, and ways in which it has been defined and classified. These include the commercial security industry, policing functions exercised by the armed forces, local authorities, state departments and by voluntary policing bodies. The increasingly important issue of patrol by private policing bodies provides the focus for an important case study, exploring the implications of the exercise of patrol powers and functions by neighbourhood wardens, patrolling security officers and others.
Foreword by Ian Blair, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Introduction 1. What is private policing? 2. Explaining private policing 3. The public police privatised 4. Central and decentralised public policing bodies 5. Specialised police organisations 6. Non-private security policing bodies 7. Voluntary policing 8. Private security and policing 9. 'Plural policing': the case of patrol 10. The regulation of private policing 11. Private policing: concluding comments