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Private and public policing in the UK: a citizen perspective on partnership

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This article addresses the relationship between public and private policing in a residential setting. It adopts a case study approach to explore the fabric of such relationships in a UK community. It draws on empirical research in a residential community with concurrent policing inputs from the public and private sector. Empirical research with the public and private police and subscribers and non-subscribers to a commercial security scheme is used to comment upon the status of interconnection between the two policing bodies. The potential for public and private police to work in partnership and for alliances to be formed to reinforce policing of communities is explored. The paper also addresses the public perception of possible collaborative partnerships between public and private police. In a climate of increasing pluralisation of community policing it provides a citizen perspective on such developments.
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Keywords: community; consumer attitudes; partnership; private security; public policing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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