The aim of this chapter is to illuminate our picture of the contemporary security officer. It is centred around the questions 'how many security officers are there?','what do they do?', 'what sorts of people are they?', and 'what are their working conditions like?'. It also asks 'what sort of relationship do they have with the police?' in recognition of the security officer's growing involvement in many law enforcement functions. These five questions are responded to in turn, with reference to the international research literature including a recent study by the author.
|Title of host publication||The handbook of security|
|Place of Publication||Basingstoke|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|