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- ISS Paper 226: Corruption in the South African Police Service - Civilian Perceptions and Experiences – (Article)
This paper discusses the findings of fifteen focus groups that explored civilian perceptions and experience of police corruption in South Africa. The research was conducted in and around three cities, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban,in mid-2010. The paper suggests that a ‘tough’ approach to policing is unlikely to win public favour or change public perceptions. Instead the South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to concentrate on moulding itself into an organisation of well-trained professionals. Above all, the police have to treat South Africa’s citizens respectfully.
At the time of writing this article the author, Andrew Faull, was pursuing a DPhil in Criminology at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology. Prior to this, Andrew Faull had been a researcher and senior researcher in the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies.