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The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public-private partnership in policing : experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch security industry

Pieter Leloup (UGent)
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After the initial outbreak of a novel coronavirus was reported in March 2020, the European private security sector emphasized its essential role in dealing with the crisis, and in enforcing health and safety measures alongside the public police sector. The crisis, as was stated by the Confederation of European Security Services (Better recognition of private security for safe and secure economic recovery in the COVID-19 situation. Position paper, 2020b), “proved the important character of private security”. However, most research has hitherto been carried out on the involvement of the public law enforcement agencies, with particular reference to policing the Coronavirus outbreak. Notwithstanding the private security sector actively highlighted its relevance, little is known about the actual role of the private security sector throughout the several stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. This contribution describes how the security industry emphasized its support in monitoring measures of public health, safety and social and economic recovery, by focusing on developments in two European countries: Belgium and the Netherlands. In particular, the chapter will explore private sector involvement in the protection of vaccination centres in the two countries. Research data are drawn from three main sources: (1) semi-structured interviews with representatives from the private security industry, public officials, policy makers and police officers; (2) (policy) documents and reports on COVID-19 from both public and private agencies; (3) legislation (e.g., on private security and civil safety). The findings of this chapter will make an important contribution to the fields of public and private security, public-private cooperation and crisis management.

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Leloup, Pieter. “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Public-Private Partnership in Policing : Experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch Security Industry.” Handbook on Public and Private Security, edited by Erwin Blackstone et al., Springer, 2023, pp. 153–74, doi:10.1007/978-3-031-42406-9_7.
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Leloup, P. (2023). The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public-private partnership in policing : experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch security industry. In E. Blackstone, S. Hakim, & B. J. Meehan (Eds.), Handbook on public and private security (pp. 153–174). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-42406-9_7
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Leloup, Pieter. 2023. “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Public-Private Partnership in Policing : Experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch Security Industry.” In Handbook on Public and Private Security, edited by Erwin Blackstone, Simon Hakim, and Brian J. Meehan, 153–74. Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-42406-9_7.
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Leloup, Pieter. 2023. “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Public-Private Partnership in Policing : Experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch Security Industry.” In Handbook on Public and Private Security, ed by. Erwin Blackstone, Simon Hakim, and Brian J. Meehan, 153–174. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-031-42406-9_7.
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Leloup P. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public-private partnership in policing : experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch security industry. In: Blackstone E, Hakim S, Meehan BJ, editors. Handbook on public and private security. Cham: Springer; 2023. p. 153–74.
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P. Leloup, “The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public-private partnership in policing : experiences from within the Belgian and Dutch security industry,” in Handbook on public and private security, E. Blackstone, S. Hakim, and B. J. Meehan, Eds. Cham: Springer, 2023, pp. 153–174.
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