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NCJ Number: 221542 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring the Impact of the SAPS Basic Training Institutes in Changing the Deviant Police Culture Attitudes of New Recruits
Journal: Acta Criminologica  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:2007  Pages:1-34
Author(s): J. Steyn; I. de Vries
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 34
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: This study examined the impact of the South African Police Service's (SAP's) basic training institutes in changing the attitudes of new police recruits that reflect the deviant police culture of the apartheid era.
Abstract: Generally, the study findings show that, with the exception of the Bisho SAPS Basic Training Institute, the training experience of new recruits had the effect of either maintaining or strengthening the recruits' attitudes in support of police solidarity against the community, isolation from the community, and cynicism. This occurred despite the SAPS leadership's commitment to community policing as a new corporate strategy, as an instrument of change, and as a method of proactive policing. This study adds to the body of police research regarding the impact of police cultural values in the socialization of new SAPS police recruits. No other studies report on such a large sample of police recruits regarding similarities and differences in police cultural values and attitudes. Out of an initial sample of 1,485 recruits who entered training institutes in January 2005, 1,168 recruits participated in the pretest and posttest. The questionnaire measured respondents' attitudes toward the deviant features of police culture that included solidarity against citizen complaints and expectations for the police, isolation from the community, and cynicism. Analysis of pretest and posttest scores determined whether any change in attitudes had occurred as a result of training at a SAPS institute. 11 tables, appended questionnaire, and 66 references
Main Term(s): Police misconduct
Index Term(s): Community policing; Foreign police; Police academy; Police attitudes; Police subculture
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