Relationship between Private and Public Police
CJS/250 Introduction to Security
April 7, 2013
The relationship between public and private police, initially it was the responsibility of the public police-law enforcement to provide protection to all society and the property that existed within the jurisdictions these police officers served. In contemporary day, public and private police officials can be found working hand-in-hand on a regular basis at numerous public and private events-functions. In addition, it is not uncommon to observe police officers working part-time jobs with private security officials in order to safeguard valuable assets. Certain ...view middle of the document...
With this being said, police officers are more so than not held accountable for their actions as an individual. Private security officers, on the other hand, can usually avoid most serious liability issues, such as law suits caused by constitutional rights violations and injuries to others and are much better able to pass their mistakes off to the company in which they work for due to possible technicalities that may exist with company's policies and procedures.
Over the last few decades there has been a major increase with the hiring of private security officers. As you may know head CEO's with big corporations and important political people and celebrity figures seem to be moving away from the use of public law enforcement as a primary means of personal protection and are now using private security company's and subcontracting individuals. These important figures have hired private body guards and security officers to protect them and their property-assets. Moreover, individuals and home-business owners have taking the initiative to hire private security officers for the sole purpose of protecting private property and assets. Police officers who were known to patrol housing units are now being replaced or patrolling with hired private security. In addition, businesses, such as shopping malls, casinos and even air ports where the public are the main users are all protected mainly by private security.
The relationship between public and private policing is becoming more positive. Political figures and the community in general are realizing there is just not enough hired public law enforcement officers to protect and serve an entire community. Individuals and community members believe any geographical location-environment is much safer with the presence...