n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An examination of factors influencing investigating officers' retention in the South African Police Service

Special Edition 5
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



In recent years, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has experienced increasing levels of staff turnover, especially within the Detective Service environment. The problem is compounded by experienced detectives, who have been the core of the Detective Service's operations for years, and who retired, as well as those who have been recruited by the private sector. Before the Detective Service can determine which retention strategies to be initiated, it is critical to know the specific reasons why detectives are leaving the SAPS. As the SAPS seeks to find the causes for attrition, officials must have an integral role in the process. One of the most important areas to clarify in this phase is to ask detectives what is important to them and their opinion of why employees are leaving. Thus, the purpose of this article is the examination of factors influencing Investigating Officers' (IOs) retention in the South African Police Service.

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