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Private Security Organizations and Terrorism (United States)

What are some of the roles that private security organizations/personnel have taken in addressing the threat of terrorism?
How does private security supplement and/or interact with public law enforcement in addressing terrorist threats?

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Dear Student,
Based on the original questions provided for in the posting, this original essay-solution looks through the meaning of private security, laying out the terms before going into concepts that would answer the questions you have posted. You can quote from this essay and use it for the particular project you need it for. In the references you will see that I have used a recently published article as well as particular web sources to provide 'backbone' to the claims I have made in the essay. Part one is the Introduction, part 2 answers your first question and part 3 gives an example to answer your second question. If you need anything else, or any help regarding this solution, don't hesitate to send me a message. I'll be glad to help.

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OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Part 1- Introduction: Private Security Services

Private Security Services are hired to protect property, assets and people. In the Middle Ages, watchmen performed these services to clients for a fee. In extreme cases watchmen organize & train themselves for war to protect their master's interests evolving into organized armed groups of mercenaries for a fee. The 'real' Pirates of the Caribbean started out this way, having been 'hired' by the British Governor of Port Royal to terrorize their enemies & protect their territories. The most visible private security personnel we interact with everyday are the uniformed security guards controlling or looking after the access areas in buildings & offices, schools, warehouses- just about any property or interest of value. Body guards on the other hand provide personal security detail to individuals who need protection. Their private connotation means that they are hired for a fee. The common classification of security personnel are the following:

1. In-House or Proprietary Security - they usually guard/protect theme parks, casinos, malls;
2. they do not have the power to arrest (only in extreme cases using the power of 'citizen's arrest). Their prime duties are to observe, detect, deter & report.

3. Private Patrol & Contract Security - much alike the first but they are responsible for various locations.

4. Security Police - unlike the first two, security police officers are given 'Policing Powers to act as an agent of the client/owner' within a jurisdiction. For example, 'University Campus Police' are responsible for the maintaining peace & order within the university & within the bounds of the campus & they have the power to ...

Solution Summary

There has been an increased demand for private security services after the 9-11 attacks. The face of private security is changing in the United States and abroad, adapting itself to the current trends --- terrorism: local & global, internet/cyber-crime, among others. This solution takes a look into the history and 'types' of Private Security and how they fit into the various roles they take on for the purpose of protection. The solution follows the APA-format;references are provided.

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