n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Viewing integrity in the South African Police Service among non-commissioned officers in Gauteng Province

Volume 29 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This study evaluates integrity in a sample of South African Police Service (SAPS) non-commissioned officers in Gauteng Province employing Klockars and Kutnjak-Ivković's "Organisational Theory of Police Integrity" scale. The article empirically measures the extent of integrity among a sample of 160 non-commissioned SAPS police officials from Gauteng Province after 20 years of transformation from the former South African Police. Participants were asked to share their opinions regarding the seriousness of eleven examples of acts that would constitute violations of the South African Police Service Discipline Regulations of 2005, Regulation 20, the appropriate and expected punishment such misconduct deserves and their willingness to report such misconduct as well as their perception of willingness of other officers to report such misconduct. Although the results are not generalisable to the larger organisation, the results strongly suggest the SAPS to be an organisation facing significant integrity challenges, but with potential for meaningful reform.

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