The tasks and prospect of introducing the pravite investigation servicesystem in korea

한국민간조사제도 도입전망과 과제

  • Received : 2007.10.05
  • Accepted : 2007.11.10
  • Published : 2007.12.31


With rapid changes taking place in every field, the expansion and specialization of various social service activities are one of the characteristics of the modem society. However, the increase of crimes and inefficiency of public police service to cope with this situation have caused discontent and distrust on the service among the public, making people more inclined to solve safety-related problems by themselves. Private Security Service(PSS) and Private Investigation Service(PIS) were introduced to satisfy these needs. In the area of PIS, Public Investigation Service System(PISS) has been established for a quite long time in foreign countries. However in Korea, PIS is being provided by unregulated service providers such as errand service center due to the lack of legal system, causing many problems related with illegal practices by the service providers. This paper is the result of the research on how to adopt a relevant PISS in Korea and develop it in the future. This kind of research is much needed to curb the rising illegal practices of the errand service centers, complement the insufficient operation of public police service, and strengthen the competitiveness of our country by taking more efficient actions in the changing public security environment. Based on the research, this paper also examines positively the possibility of introduction of PIS in Korea. This paper also recommends a prompt enactment of PIS regulation and improvement on the legal environment for such introduction of the relevant and suitable PISS in Korea.