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NCJ Number: 152356 Find in a Library
Title: Policing the Transition: Transforming the Police
Author(s): F Haysom
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: African National Congress
South Africa
Sale Source: African National Congress
Dept of Information and Publicity
South Africa
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: This analysis of policing in South Africa examines the current crisis in policing; frames a new vision of policing; proposes measures to transform the police, including the structure of a new police force; and suggests attitudes and approaches to the police in the interim.
Abstract: The crisis in policing is manifest in the failure of the police to deliver even a minimum level of public safety and security. It is caused by a variety of internal and external problems that neither the police nor the National Party can resolve. If the police are to adapt to the role that they are now required to play, the internal structure and the cop culture which it informs must be changed in accordance with a new vision of policing. The descriptive terms used to profile the new vision of policing are democratic, accountable, visible, proactive, representative, transparent, professional, impartial, and service. Measures proposed to transform the police are demilitarization, affirmative action, independent monitoring, accountability, training, recruitment and promotion, rationalization of organization, community empowerment, and the use of force and public order policing. This report argues that the only framework that would ensure an effective, competent, and accountable police force would be a single national police force, which is obliged by law to subject itself to national, regional, and local mechanisms of accountability and evaluation/control.
Main Term(s): Police reform
Index Term(s): Change management; Foreign police; Foreign police training; Foreign police/community relations
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