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Private Security and Public Policing$
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Trevor Jones

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198265696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198265696.001.0001

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Private Security in Britain

Private Security in Britain

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Private Security and Public Policing

Trevor Jones

Tim Newburn

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a closer look at what is generally thought of as the ‘private sector’ in policing, namely the ‘private security industry’. In particular, it examines evidence about the size of the industry, the extent to which it has grown in recent decades, and reasons for the ‘rebirth’ of private policing. Much recent discussion about private security in Britain has focused upon the reported large growth in size and importance which the industry has seen over recent years. Estimates of employment, market size, and total industry turnover have been made, some based on the limited evidence available, and others based on little more than informed guesswork. The industry can be divided into three broad sectors: staffed services, security equipment, and investigation.

Keywords:   Britain, private policing, private security, private sector, employment, market size, industry turnover, staffed services, security equipment, investigation

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