n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Recruiting newcomers to the South African Police Service for the organisation's culture

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996, demands a fundamental reassessment and transformation of the nature and style of policing in South Africa from denying the human rights of the majority of South Africans during the "apartheid era" to gaining the trust and respect of all. This includes changing the basic assumptions of the individual police officer with regards to the organisation and its environment. Based on a representative sample (N=1460) of new recruits in the South African Police Service, this article evaluates attitudes of new recruits into the Service with respect to their support of this new ideology. The researcher found that among these recruits a larger percentage may have already developed attitudes regarding the relationship between the police and their communities that mitigate against the effective adoption of a community policing philosophy in South Africa.

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