oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Community policing: Themes for South Africa
|Article Title||Community policing: Themes for South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 School of Law and Legal Practice, University of South Australia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1997|
|Pages||5 - 10|
|Keyword(s)||Ad hoc protection services, Cooperation, Ethos of reaction, Multi-cultural communities, Organisational structure, Police effectiveness, Policy-makers, Power-sharing, Problem-oriented strategy, Professionalism, Technological advancements and Technologies|
Since the formation of specialised police forces in the nineteenth century, a key philosophical point has persisted in much of the policy debate surrounding the functions and powers of the police. Is it preferable for police to operate in a primarily reactive fashion, that is, to assist when called upon to do so, and not otherwise, or to act in a proactive fashion and seek to prevent crime before it happens?
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