February 3, 2013
University of Maryland University College
Private security is a rapidly growing and changing field. Much has changed since its beginnings and much will continue to change in the coming years because public law enforcement will be unable to meet demands of a growing society. “Private security is not a new concept. Security forces existed long before a paid police force. Private security has a long history starting in medieval times when knights protected lords and ladies. In the colonies all able-bodies men were to stand a citizen’s night watch to protect the community from invasion and fire. ADT was formed in 1874. It is still today one of the largest alarm companies in the country. Washington Brink formed Brinks armored car service in 1891. In 1895, Allen Pinkerton was the first law enforcement officer hired to protect interests of the railroads. It was the private sector that the first SWAT unit was formed in 1899. Rangers would arrive in a special baggage car that carried eight men and horses. When a train robbery would occur these rangers would chase robbers on horseback. William Burns founded his international detective agency in 1909” (“History of Security,2013). Private security in this country has a distinguished past. Since the US has adopted the Metropolitan Police Act of 1892 was developed in England and organized the first police system. The American System of Policing was designed based off the British policing system. Many of our laws and regulations are based on their structure. The Americans were always at risk with foreign enemies, brother and sister colonies, and Native Americans. They had no protection but themselves. By the 17th century, the colonies started replicating the law enforcement system of the English model. American policing attempted to control crime and disorder in both urban and frontier environments. The experience was often...