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'Softly, softly', private security and the policing of corporate space. / Button, Mark.

Hard Cop, Soft Cop: Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing. ed. / Roger Hopkins-Burke. 1st. ed. Cullompton : Willan Publishing, 2004. p. 101-114.

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Harvard

Button, M 2004, 'Softly, softly', private security and the policing of corporate space. in R Hopkins-Burke (ed.), Hard Cop, Soft Cop: Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing. 1st edn, Willan Publishing, Cullompton, pp. 101-114. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781843924531

APA

Button, M. (2004). 'Softly, softly', private security and the policing of corporate space. In R. Hopkins-Burke (Ed.), Hard Cop, Soft Cop: Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing (1st ed., pp. 101-114). Willan Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781843924531

Vancouver

Button M. 'Softly, softly', private security and the policing of corporate space. In Hopkins-Burke R, editor, Hard Cop, Soft Cop: Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing. 1st ed. Cullompton: Willan Publishing. 2004. p. 101-114 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781843924531

Author

Button, Mark. / 'Softly, softly', private security and the policing of corporate space. Hard Cop, Soft Cop: Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing. editor / Roger Hopkins-Burke. 1st. ed. Cullompton : Willan Publishing, 2004. pp. 101-114

Bibtex

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