n SA Crime Quarterly - Challenges facing our metro police : getting into the city beat

Volume 2006, Issue 15
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



It has been a little over five years since metropolitan police departments were first established in South Africa. Despite relatively small numbers of operational personnel, they now form a familiar part of the policing landscape. With good reason, metro police officers do better at traffic control than crime prevention, and their relationship with the SAPS needs attention. This article reflects on their achievements over the past years and some of the key challenges confronting these local level police agencies.

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