Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective
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Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective

Edited by Monica den Boer

Public police forces are a regular phenomenon in most jurisdictions around the world, yet their highly divergent legal context draws surprisingly little attention. Bringing together a wide range of police experts from all around the world, this book provides an overview of traditional and emerging fields of public policing, New material and findings are presented with an international-comparative perspective, it is a must-read for students of policing, security and law and professionals in related fields.
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Chapter 2: Governing plural policing provision: legal perspectives, challenges and ideas

Philip C Stenning and Clifford D Shearing


Departing from a wide range of academic insights, the authors of this chapter analyse how a multiplicity of policing tasks is provided by a wide range of public and private security providers, at national as well as international level. It took a long time before academic literature started to devote attention to the emergence of plural policing. By 2000, it was hard to identify a public policing task that was not provided, in some shape or fashion, by a private security actor. Policing came to be recognized as a social function that has gradually been embedded in a wide range of functions such as school teachers and subway employees. Virtually anybody can make a significant contribution to policing provision, which has become more salient with the application of new surveillance technologies. The authors recommend a number of reforms for plural policing to be governed effectively and legitimately, but are still in an early stage of legal development

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