n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Dealing with the use of force and stress-related violence by members of the police : some observations from selected case studies in Gauteng Province, South Africa

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article is drawn from an Institute for Human Rights & Criminal Justice Studies, Technikon SA research project commissioned by the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD). The research project investigated the use of force and violence by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Gauteng Province. This article will deal primarily with the findings from the series of focus group interviews in terms of work circumstances, levels of stress, stress management and counselling. However, the incidence of use of force and violence by members of the SAPS emanating from the files perused will also be presented in order to contextualise the findings of the focus group interviews. Drawing on a number of studies in United States of America (USA) dealing with the American experiences concerning high stress levels and use of force and violence in law enforcement agencies, these findings will be used to make the case for a number of different focused programmes to deal with the expression of violence and stress by members of the SAPS.

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