Tag Archives: South Africa

Evidence-based policing in South Africa

This article describes some examples of evidence-based policing in South Africa and cites the establishment of a National Research Division within SAPS as an indication of growing emphasis on data and analysis to guide police policies and strategies. Also being … Continue reading

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Choosing SAPS and Hawks leaders

Two leading NGOs in South Africa have launched a campaign to pressure the government for more transparency and higher standards when filling current vacancies to head the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks). … Continue reading

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Drinking & driving in South Africa

Stricter penalties and limits have been proposed in South Africa to reduce drunk driving. This column argues that current laws are already sufficient though perhaps under-enforced, ┬ábut what is mainly needed is more education and a shift in social values … Continue reading

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Murders, organized crime up in South Africa

Murder has increased 20% over the past 4 years in South Africa and hijackings have seen double-digit increases 3 years in a row, according to this article. A new acting national police commissioner was appointed last October, though, and experts … Continue reading

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Police struggle in South Africa

This article describes the condition of police in South Africa 22 years after apartheid. Public trust has increased and the demographics of the police service now mirror the society. But concerns about corruption and excessive force remain, and many see … Continue reading

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SAPS making progress

This commentary identifies positive developments in the South African Police Service since a change in leadership last October. The new commissioner has emphasized a “back to basics” approach in order to reestablish proper and consistent policing.

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Caracas most violent city in 2014

Caracas, Venezuela achieved the dubious honor of world’s most violent city in 2014, based on homicide rates, according to this article. Of the top 50, 41 were in Latin America and none were outside the Americas other than 4 cities … Continue reading

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