n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The involvement of private security in policing : police recognising their limitations

Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Crime in modern society has become a social problem that cannot be successfully dealt with by a single agency. High crime levels and increasing demands on police services makes it impossible for police resources to effectively deal with crime and criminality in society. This limitation exposed more people to criminal acts that propelled them to utilise private security companies to enhance their safety and security needs. The utilisation and reliance on the private security by those people who can afford to pay for their services led to the expansion and globalisation of the security industry world wide. This made the security industry to be an important role player in the provision of safety and security in society, which eroded the monopoly of the public police in this regard. Realising their limitations, the police are increasingly embarking on cooperative arrangement that could optimise their legislative powers and the omnipresence of security companies in the fight against crime and criminality. As is the case in many cooperative arrangements, it is anticipated that this arrangement will not be without challenges and difficulties. That is why this study was designed to analyse the relationship, challenges and the impact of this cooperative policing. In addition, this study proposes various ways of dealing with the identified challenges and difficulties in an attempt to protect this noble idea of cooperative policing.

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