Managing the Boundary Between Public and Private Policing
"The boundary between public and private policing is messy and complex.
Police executives deal with some aspect of it almost every day. Private
investments in security continue to expand and public/private partnerships of
myriad types proliferate, even as budgets for public policing stall or decline.
This paper provides police executives an opportunity to explore the critical
issues that arise at this boundary. The analysis here starts with a
number of assumptions: First, that it is not longer possible for public
police to ignore the extent and pervasiveness of private policing
arrangements. Second, that being in some general sense 'for' or 'against'
private security is not helpful, as such views are inadequately nuanced or
sophisticated given the variety of issues at stake. Third, that the
interests of private parties will rarely, if ever, be fully aligned with public
interests. Fourth, that it is not sufficient for public police agencies
simply to deal with private security arrangements that exist today; rather,
public police have a role to play in influencing future arrangements and in
making sure those arrangements serve the public interest."