Protective Security in Australia: Scandal, Media Images and Reform

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Title Protective Security in Australia: Scandal, Media Images and Reform
Author Prenzler, Tim; Sarre, Rick
Journal Name Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Editor Cindy Davids
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Macquarie University
Abstract This paper reports on the current status of police and security education in Australian universities and technical colleges. The study was undertaken in the context of calls for greater professionalisation of policing and security along with a variety of conduct scandals that have driven reform agendas for both sectors. The study found that police studies had a significant profile in universities with a wide range of courses available, but virtually no profile in technical and further education (TAFE) colleges. Conversely, protective security offerings were proportionately more prominent in the TAFE sector than in universities. Courses in information and communication technology security were more common across universities and TAFE. The research also found that, of the 39 Australian universities, 9 have research centres related generally to policing and security. These also appeared to favour policing over security. We argue that these findings should be of concern, given the fact that private and public sector security services have eclipsed police, in numbers at least, in many jurisdictions. Security should, we argue, be counted as an equal partner with police in crime prevention services. In addition, we argue that those engaged in security management should be given greater opportunities for study at the university level. Moreover, security studies should have an expanded research focus.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this journal please refer to the publisher's website.
Volume 3
Issue Number 2
Page from 23
Page to 37
ISSN 1833-5300
Date Accessioned 2009-03-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Private Policing and Security Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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