these are just two of the issues addressed by Les Johnston, who argues that policing, far from being the exclusive preserve of public personnel, is an activity undertaken by a mixture of public, private, and quasi-public agents. His book reviews the history of private policing, examines developments of current concern, and finally considers the implications of these developments both for the sociology of policing and for a more general understanding of public-private relations in the late 20th century.
`Mr Johnston has provided an eminently comprehensive guide to the extent of private and quasi-private policing and a detailed comparison of the functions, organisation and ideology of the public and private police and security forces.' - Justice of the Peace
'Well-written and thoughtfully argued' - British Society of Criminology Newsletter