n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Exploring the impact of the SAPS basic training institutes in changing the deviant police culture attitudes of new recruits

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996, demands a fundamental reassessment and transformation of the nature and style of policing in South Africa, from denying the human rights of the majority of South Africans during the 'apartheid era' to gaining the trust and respect of all. This includes changing the basic assumptions of individual police officers with regards to the organisation and its environment. Based on the comments of a representative sample (1 168) of newcomers to the South African Police Service (SAPS) during the 2005 calendar year, this article explores the impact that the SAPS basic training institutes have in changing the attitudes of new recruits that conform to deviant themes in police culture. The research found significant evidence that most of the SAPS basic training institutes, excluding the Bisho SAPS Basic Training Institute, only served to either maintain or strengthen newcomers' attitudes in support of police culture solidarity, isolation and cynicism.

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