n SA Crime Quarterly - Assessing the secretariats for safety and security : keeping the police in check

Volume 2004, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



Civilian oversight bodies such as the secretariats for safety and security and the ICD have been vocal about recent incidents of police misconduct and abuse of power. However, it is not enough to merely record and comment on such incidents. If real transformation of the SAPS and improvements in service delivery are to occur, civilian oversight should be given greater value and support by political and administrative leaders. This article presents the findings of a recent evaluation aimed at identifying ways to strengthen the secretariats' role in police oversight.

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