Security Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 451–469 | Cite as

Plural policing and public opinion in Brazil

  • Cleber da Silva Lopes
Original Article


The article explores public opinion about the public and private security sectors in São Paulo state, Brazil, based on data obtained from a survey. The analysis finds evidence that state providers were viewed more favourably than non-state providers. The respondents considered the police and police officers in São Paulo state to be more important, more trustworthy, and better prepared than private security companies and professionals. About two-thirds of the respondents also expressed a preference for police officers providing security services in large venues/events. The implications of these findings for the policing system are discussed.


Plural policing Police Private security Public opinion Brazil 



I would like to thank the Association of Private Security Companies, Electronic Security and Training Courses of the State of São Paulo (SESVESP), which allowed the use of microdata from the research ‘Image and Perception of Society—1st Sector Research’. I would also like to thank two anonymous referees for their suggestions regarding the original manuscript.


This research did not receive a specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesState University of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil

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