oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Community policing: Themes for South Africa

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



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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