n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Job satisfaction of female police officers in the South African police service

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



In order to gain a better understanding of the position of women in the field of policing, research was conducted concerning job satisfaction of female police officers in the South African Police Service (SAPS). Although some studies have been done on female police officers worldwide, none has been done in the rural areas of the Vaalrand, Gauteng, which is where the current research took place. Only women took part in this survey. The 26 individual one-on-one interviews were conducted. The twenty-six female police officers had been in the SAPS for at least ten years and were chosen because of their rank as officers. A specific timeframe was chosen to ensure that the female police officers had experienced the democratisation of the police service in South Africa. The investigation took the form of an empirical qualitative study. Research procedures as stipulated for a descriptive study were followed, as the main objective of the research was to describe the circumstances of women in the predominantly male environment of policing. An interview schedule was drawn up, containing semi-structured in-depth questions regarding the women's motivation for joining the police service and job-related issues. Qualitative methods were applied not only for data collection but also for data analysis.

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