Smart Regulation for the Security Industry

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Prenzler, Timothy
Sarre, Rick
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Tim Prenzler

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2014
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This chapter addresses the issue of the best way to regulate security in terms of preventing misconduct and ensuring competency. ln doing this, the chapter takes into account the interests - sometimes divergent, sometimes convergent - of different groups with a stake in the operations of the industry: the owners of security firms, security managers, security staff, security clients, and the genera! public. The chapter reviews a number of general accountability mechanisms that apply to the industry, including criminal and civil law, and commercial and other laws, and self-regulation. The limits of these mechanisms are outlined. They underscore the need for an industry-specific government licensing system. A model system is then advocated, based on the concept of 'smart regulation' - which entails using research evidence to find the most effective and efficient combination of regulatory mechanisms.

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Professional Practice in Crime Prevention and Security Management

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Causes and Prevention of Crime

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