n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The use of modus operandi forms by the South African Police Service to analyse crime

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



For the past two decades, the South African Police Service has embarked on various measures and strategies to improve their capability in dealing with crime. Various pro-forma documents were developed to assist in this task. Most contained sound strategies on how the efficiency and effectiveness of the police could be enhanced to promote safety and security in the country (Department of Safety and Security, 1998). Even with these strategies in place, the police still do not seem to be getting on top in the fight against crime. This study was designed to determine the reasons for the failure of one of these policies and strategies to bring about the required results. As the scope and extent of this research could not cover all strategies that the South African Police Service have embarked upon to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency, the use of the SAPS modus operandi forms became the focus of this study. The study is related to a study that was conducted in 2008 to examine the managerial ability of police managers to supervise and manage members under their command (Masiloane, 2008). The focus of this study was to establish whether ineffectiveness on the part of the police in dealing with crime could be the result of ill-conceived strategies or the inability of the police to implement and monitor the developed strategies and policies at station level.

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