The ‘Private’ Origin of Modern ‘Public’ Policing

Authored by: Michael Kempa

Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415729352
eBook ISBN: 9781315850986
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The history of the development of modern, Western public police power traces directly back to the ‘non-state’ sector. Long before professional, salaried and uniformed public police officers monopolized the use of legitimate force and the business of disciplinary surveillance, this work was done first by networks of community volunteers who were obligated to the Crown, and, later, by private actors working for money.

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