Mapping Security: A Network Analysis


Darryl MacPherson


The terrorist attack of 9/11 has created and/or accelerated increased pressure to change the manner in which traditional security and policing organizations are structured and behave. The network argument posits that due to the unique nature of security threats existing today, security and policing have become more flexible, fluid, and responsive, thus, differing from previous static, fixed, and insular traditional approaches.


This research clarifies our understanding of a local security and policing network by a) describing their unique nature, and b) examining their network qualities and characteristics. It addresses more general developments in late modern policing and security as well as developments in local security networks with respect to the pluralization of policing responsibilities and command structure.


This research suggests that transitions in organizational and operational practices are occurring, but are still in the early stages of development. It may be that the Theory of Networks will need to be redefined by the more complex realities of organizational limits in the real world of security agencies, taking into consideration the complex and changing mandates and core societal values.