n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Job satisfaction and morale within the South African police service public order policing unit in the Tshwane Metropolitan Area

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



It is argued that the extent to which police officers find satisfaction in their work is a prickly issue. On the surface, law enforcement and job satisfaction appear to be mutually exclusive. It is hard to imagine officers' deriving a sense of achievement and accomplishment from being perceived as brutal and corrupt amongst other things. This article examines the perceived satisfaction of a purposive sample of 78 police officers within the South African Police Service (SAPS) Public Order Policing Unit in the Tshwane Metropolitan Area. The findings indicated that although police officers were satisfied with their jobs, morale was low due to amongst others, lack of career progress, lack of resources as well as the stereotypes regarding the fairness and distribution of resources amongst police ranks. Recommendations were also made and conclusion drawn based on the findings that were discussed.

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