The Private Security And Public Security

1827 WordsJul 23, 20158 Pages
The private security industry today plays a primary role in ensuring that citizens of the United States and the entire world are kept safe from criminal activities perpetrated by outlaws. This sector has grown rapidly over the past few centuries to provide more services than it did before. The line between what the private and public security can do and what cannot have been blurred greatly. The former has gone into the domain that was once reserved for the government and it has shown that it can compete to cater to the needs of its clients. Previously, the private sector was more involved in the protection of individuals and institutional properties. The employees of private security were hired as guards and were stationed outside banks,…show more content…
It was upon the victims of the robberies to pursue the matter further in collaboration with their agents. This was how Pinkerton was able to break through and later on increase demand for its services. The duties of the early PS companies went beyond capturing of criminals. They also performed tasks now undertaken by the federal and state government. These included manning the railroads and the cargos, looking into crimes and offering advice to banks, and other enterprises that were prone to attacks and vandalism by the criminals (Cunningham & et al., 1990). There was a short disruption in the growth of the privately owned security firms when the public sector finally took responsibility for most of these services around 1900. Currently, PS is a multi-billion dollar industry that actively employs a sizeable chunk of the workforce, the role of which they have diversified to include domestic and international counterterrorism. According to the U.S Department of Labor, the number of private security employees is upwards of one million as of 2007, which is twice the amount of police officers in the country. Regulation of Private Security Private security has been growing at a rapid rate and there is concern that this may play havoc with the standards of security provided. Unlike their public
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