n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Problems experienced by detectives in the collection of crime information at the Rustenburg detective unit, North West Province
|Article Title||Problems experienced by detectives in the collection of crime information at the Rustenburg detective unit, North West Province|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||71 - 87|
|Keyword(s)||University of South Africa|
This research deals with the nature and extent of problems experienced by detectives in the collection of crime information for the investigation of crime. These problems give rise to poor detective performance. The development of information-led policing offers an alternative to the traditional "reactive" model for the investigation of crime. Information-led policing advocates the targeting, gathering, analysis and dissemination of information, which is used to inform decisions about the prioritisation of problems and allocation of resources to address the problems. Crime information collection has proven to be the most important component of information-led policing. The success of crime information collection is centred on its timely utilisation to combat crime more effectively. The purpose of the study was to determine strengths and weaknesses in the collection of crime information at the Rustenburg Detective Unit in the North West Province of South Africa, in order to gather new knowledge that can improve the situation; furthermore, to apply this knowledge with the aim of enhancing the performance of detectives.
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