oa Crime Research in South Africa - Culture in the South African Police Services

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1605-5810



Organizations are lifeless entities that require people to give them life and make things happen. Managers give meaning to organizations by creating rules, regulations and conditions in order to create uniformity in organizations. Employees develop certain perceptions of the organization based on these rules, regulations and conditions. Employees also develop a shared meaning as they attempt to make sense of their work place. These interactions form the basis of organizational climate and culture.

This paper discusses these two interrelated concepts and attempts to apply them to the South African Police Service as a government institution. The paper starts by defining organizational climate and the factors that can be used to get a better understanding of this concept. Organization culture is discussed in depth as it exists within the climate and understanding culture leads to an understanding of the climate as well. The paper concludes by focusing on a new culture for the SAPS with emphasis on a new model proposed to bring about change in the SAPS.

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