Relations Between Police and Private Security in South Korea

Eui-Gab Hwang, Michigan State University
Mahesh K. Nalla, Michigan State University

One of the common characteristics of all emerging economies is the rise in growth of personnel employed in private security. South Korea, one of the most successful Asian countries among the emerging markets is no exception. A recent survey of 258 police officers and 134 security officers in South Korea revealed interesting findings on the issues of job satisfaction and working relationship between the two groups. Both police officers and security officers felt dissatisfied with their respective jobs. While police officers and security officers were positive of their relationship with each others, security officers are more optimistic of achieving improvement in police/security relationships. Further, the findings also reveal that both police officers and security professionals believe that the other group could do more to encourage a positive working relationship.

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Updated 05/20/2006