The Relation between Public and Private Policing

In: Tonry, M. & Morris, N. Eds. Modern Policing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 399-434, (1992)

Posted: 6 Apr 2016

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Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

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Date Written: 1992

Abstract

Employment by policing agencies equals or exceeds public police employment in many countries. Reigning conceptions of relations between public police and private policing have changed markedly. A state-centered view of police functions disparaged "private armies" and saw order maintenance as a quintessential function of government. In recent decades, a laissez-faire view has emerged that celebrates "private-public partnerships" and sees private policing as an industry providing both a service and a public benefit. Social theorists question the wisdom and the likely future directions of the privatization of order maintenance.

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Shearing, Clifford D, The Relation between Public and Private Policing (1992). In: Tonry, M. & Morris, N. Eds. Modern Policing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 399-434, (1992), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2758288

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