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A discussion of the law as it relates to the private police industry. This report includes a general discussion of the sources of legal limitations upon private police activities and personnel; sources of legal powers; and specific legal problems raised by private police activities, and by the relationships between the users and providers of private security services. The legal doctrines governing particular security activities are evaluated and recommendations for improvement offered. This report is one of a set of five presenting RAND's study of private police in the United States. The overall findings and study recommendations are summarized in R-869-DOJ.

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