n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Private-public partnerships : private security, crime prevention and policing in South Africa

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



While not intending to rehash all the old international debates regarding public versus private policing, this article explores some aspects of this debate in South Africa regarding the role, if any, that the private security industry in South Africa can play in policing and crime prevention, albeit if only in some form of partnership with public policing authorities. The intention in this article is to look at the changed role that private security has begun to play in South Africa in many of the traditional public or state police spheres of operation irrespective of the lack of a formal framework for "partnership policing". Additionally it examines how co-operation in policing and crime prevention can be realised and made mutually beneficial to all roleplayers within the broad framework of a public-private partnership. The article also outlines a number of specific examples (City Improvement Districts, responding to alarms, CCTV, vehicle tracking and recovery, private investigations) where "infiltration" into the sphere of policing and substantial growth of private policing functions has occurred and accelerated over the last few years.

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