The role of private investigators and commercial agents in law enforcement

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Title The role of private investigators and commercial agents in law enforcement
Author Prenzler, Timothy James; King, Michael
Journal Name Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
Editor N/A
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Canberra
Publisher Australian Institute of Criminology
Abstract This study estimates that there are about 25,000 private investigators in Australia and explores the nature of their work, based on 40 in depth interviews in Queensland and New South Wales. The study examines the kinds of work done by private agents, how effective they are, the legal and ethical issues involved, the issue of regulation and training, and how the benefits of private agents can be maximised by their clients, most notably agencies affected by fraud. Overall, the study finds that private investigators, process servers and debt recovery agents occupy a critical place in the justice system.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aic.gov.au
Alternative URI http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/221-240/tandi234.aspx
Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 Australian Institute of Criminology. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Volume 234
Page from 1
Page to 6
ISSN 0817-8542
Date Accessioned 2003-04-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Criminology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6539
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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