Private Police in the United States

Findings and Recommendations

by James S. Kakalik, Sorrel Wildhorn


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A summary of the results of a comprehensive, 16-month study of private police in the United States conducted for the U.S. Department of Justice. It draws on information contained in companion reports R-870, R-871, R-872, and R-873, to develop overall findings and study recommendations. It describes the structure, functioning, and problems of various types of private security forces, as well as trends in resource allocation to public and private security. On the basis of evidence from several sources, it is clear that a variety of potential and actual problems do exist. The policy-relevant aspects of the study include the development and evaluation of alternative policy and statutory guidelines for improving private security, with particular regard to roles, operations, conduct, licensing and regulatory standards, and legal authority and constraints.

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