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Taking care of business: Police as commercial security vendors

Ayling, Julie; Shearing, Clifford


The article examines practices in 'user-pays' policing. It locates these practices historically as well established, with a lineage that stretches back to the beginnings of the police in Britain and earlier. The article identifies different forms of user-pays policing, the various practices they include and the regulatory issues raised by them. Consideration of the tension between a conception of policing as a public service and charging for police services suggests that user-pays policing can...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Criminology and Criminal Justice
DOI: 10.1177/1748895807085868


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