chapter  9
Characteristics of Security Officers
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Police culture has been the subject of much research and debate because it has

affected how police officers do police work. As a consequence problems have

emerged in how and to whom they exercise discretion and the rights of citizens

have been undermined (Reiner 2000a). Similarly it will be shown that the culture of

security officers also affects the way they undertake their work. However, in the case

of the two research sites the implications of their culture focused upon undermining

what the security officers were supposed to do and ultimately their effectiveness.