n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Professionalism and the South African Police Service - what is it and how can it help build safer communities?

Volume 2012, Issue 240
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



This paper explores developments in the concept of police professionalism that have emerged in South Africa in recent years. It considers professionalism in relation to comparable historical and contemporary developments in the US and UK, and consolidates the different ways in which these are currently manifesting in South Africa. Adding to the current discourse, it suggests that a professional South African Police Service (SAPS) should include a clearly defined, minimalist mandate.

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