oa Crime Research in South Africa - Profiling 'cop killers' in South Africa

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1605-5810



In trying to formulate protection measures and preventative strategies for the murder of police officers the profiling of the murderers provides just one of the tools which can be of assistance to the authorities. This article looks at the formulation of a profile for so-called 'cop killers' in the South African situation. In building such a profile enables pointers to be given of what kind of training and which specific measures should be implemented to provide a more secure working environment for police officers as they go about their daily work of fighting and combating crime in South Africa. This article is based on individual interviews undertaken in a number of prisons in Gauteng during January and February 2000 of offenders who have perpetrated attacks on or murdered police officials and who were willing to be interviewed.

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