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last updated 05-Apr-2016
 
 
  List / Directory of Civilian Policing and law Enforcement Units. Does civilianized police enforcement represent a necessary enhancement of state security or further signal the retreat of the state from traditional security altogether? We should think about this question in the same way as we debate whether the growing use of PMCs/PSCs by governments is enhancing or undermining state security! Citing from Private Armed Forces and Global Security (p. 158), "in effect [civilian policing trends are] part of the broader reconfiguration of the monopoly of violence" in the 21st century.  
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National Association Citizens On Patrol (US). Founded in july 1999, NACOP is a non-profit public benefit organization incorporated within the state of California. Our long term goal is to provide citizen patrol organizations across the nation with the same level of recognition, awareness and respect  that other public safety volunteer organizations have which will help to increase the volunteers pride, recruitment and retention efforts: http://www.nacop.org/

Nation of Neighbors (US). We facilitate real-time collaboration within communities and between community members and Law Enforcement. Our mission is to enable Citizens and Law Enforcement to work together to fight and deter crime and improve our communities: http://www.nationofneighbors.com/

Natteravnene (Denmark). Our main purpose is to be out and about among youngsters and by responsible action help prevent violence, vandalism, thoughtlessness and crime.The work of Natteravnene (the Night Owls) is performed voluntarily by adults, in cooperation with local social welfare and educational authorities, the police, and business: http://www.natteravnene.dk/

- Flyer in English: click here

Natteravnene (Norway). Night ravens is a humanitarian grassroots movement that aims to prevent violence and vandalism. Grunntanken er at edrue voksne menneskers tilstedeværelse virkerdempende på urolige omgivelser. The basic idea is that the sober older people's presence seems calming the troubled areas: http://www.natteravnene.no/

- English website: click here

• Neighbourhood Support New Zealand. Neighbourhood Support was established in 1999 to promote and support the development of Neighbourhood Support in New Zealand. We have a committee of 12 elected District Delegates and deputies meeting quarterly and work closely with the Police and many other organisations in your community to reduce crime, improve safety and prepare to deal with emergencies and natural disasters: http://www.ns.org.nz/

- Factsheets: click here

Neighbourhoodwatch.net (UK). All in all neighbourhoodwatch.net offers an essential support network for communities, building partnerships and promoting best practice across the UK. It is dedicated to building secure and confident communities through active citizenship and encourages togetherness and friendliness, a sense of caring and the achievement of peace of mind: http://www.neighbourhoodwatch.net/

- Library: click here

- Metropolitan Police - Neighbourhood Watch Frequently Asked Questions: click here

Northern Mariana Island Crime Stoppers. Since it's inception in 1989, the NMI Crime Stoppers program has provided tips to law enforcement agencies allowing law enforcement to arrest over 200 criminals . Law enforcement agencies have  recovered over $200,000 worth of stolen property and seized over $2,448,000 worth of illegal drugs: http://www.nmicrimestoppers.com/

Police Community Support Officers (UK). PCSOs have different roles in different forces, but they usually patrol a beat and interact with the public. Depending on where you work, you could: 1) deal with minor offences, 2) offer early intervention to deter people from committing offences, 3) provide support for front-line policing, 4) conduct house-to-house enquiries, 5) guard crime scenes, 6) provide crime prevention advice: [please note UK government URLs change capriciously, so this page might move somewhere else in the future] http://www.policecouldyou.co.uk/pcso/overview.html

Street Pastors (UK). Pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust,we are an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. Street Pastors has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now over 100 teams around the United Kingdom: http://www.streetpastors.co.uk/

USAonWatch. Not only does the our Neighborhood Watch Program allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. http://www.usaonwatch.org/

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This is a sample list. While some of the entities listed above are key players and/or have been discussed in the debate on the topic, some other are emerging entities or have been incorporated into the list by request. For further information on a particular company, service, or unit, please contact the respective source.
 

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