Relationship Between Public and Private Police

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Relationship between Private and Public Police

The relationship between public and private police has always been a one that is on the outskirts of each other. There is a thin line between what a private officer can and cannot do when it comes to enforcing the laws and rules on a property, there comes a point where they need the assistance of public officers who have the training and legal authority to handle a certain individual or situation. Although many of the individuals in the private sector have the same training as any public officer they cannot help in the situation because local laws set in place limit their authority. Although many states are starting to incorporate the private sector of security with the public side of it,
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These officers witness crimes and criminals on the property they are patrolling every day, they can make a citizen’s arrest when it comes to apprehending these fugitives, but after they make the initial arrest a public law enforcement officer has to be there to take the criminal to jail or cite them a fine.
Private police are like bails bondman they are removed from the same legal, ethical, and organizational stigmas that many public officers have to deal with then they make a major decision that can be controversial. (Marx, 1987) This can be looked at as a reason why security isn’t privatized and is a concern or issue with some states that have great issues already with their police departments be in trouble with the public. But as in this article it explains how a private security company would be different from a public security when it comes to costs, a private security officer would see the expense of taking someone to court for violating a rule on the property they patrol, it is more like a business, so instead they would either fine or ban a person who may cause a problem for others who may use the same property. These officers would not demand respect like some public officers do, they would instead treat each person like a customer who pays the bill for them being there. (CopBlock.org, 2010)
Although the relationship is not the best