n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Changing policing back to basics in the 21stcentury : is this a fallacy? : editorial

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



In the 21st century, policing has changed to accommodate evolving societies and their expectations. Policing had to undergo changes because modern, democratic, multicultural societies were oriented towards individual rights, demanding policing by consent than policing through imposition and enforcement of laws. An important aspect to note was the most obvious change in the South African Police Service (SAPS) from 'force' to 'service'. This crucial back-to-basics change, implemented in the South African Police Service (SAPS) in 1994 was reversed in 1998 by police top management to, once again, make the SAPS a quasi-military organisation. This shows that going back to basics may be a fallacy. In reality changing policing back to basics will not succeed if the policing style of front-line managers and top management is not aligned to the overall vision of the SAPS. Since 1994, different National Commissioners came with different leadership styles, and changed the SAPS to fit their views of what the SAPS should be as a policing agency, hence leaving the SAPS to what we have today.

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