History of Security in the Us

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Historical Development of Private Security in the United States
Pamela Adamoyurka
University of Maryland University College

Without a doubt the profession of private security has evolved over time. Today if you were to ask group of Americans at what point in history did the need for private security became significant, you’re likely to receive one of the two answers. Half would say toward the ending of World War II, because many of the man returning from the war had prior military police training and acquired work within the private sector as private police (security). While the younger individuals within the group will likely respond, private security became significant after 9/11; due to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) being
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In 1955 the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) was formed by a group of security professional. The primary goal of the ASIS is not only to protect people and property but also to safeguard information from both private and public businesses. Dumping forth a bit more than a decade is when Congress endorsed the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act which set aside billions of dollars to help battle crime and to optimize the administration of justice. As the private security industry sustained growth for the years to follow a major program and administration was developed that still exists today; the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (governs federal grants to improve local, county and state police training and upgrades) and the Law Enforcement Education Program ( supplies grant or loans for law enforcement personnel to attend college) (Ortmeier, 2009). Finally, by 1976 the Task Force Report on Private Security was published; this was “the first time a national commission recognized private security as an essential ingredient to public safety” (Ortmeier, 2009, p.13). Throughout duration of the twentieth century the industry of private security continued to

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