n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Barriers to effective partnership between the police and the private security industry in the fight against crime in South Africa

Volume 30 Number 5
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


High crime levels are a challenge to South Africa and it is clear that the South African Police Service needs a broader partnership/collaboration with other organisations and community formations to deal with this matter. Due to its large role in crime prevention and to its enormous physical and human resources that could augment police resources in the fight against crime, the private security industry could play a crucial role. Partnership policing between the South African Police Service and the private security industry is a vital component in the fight against crime. All available resources need to be utilised given the nature and scope of crime, as demonstrated by the recently published crime figures for the 2015-2016 reporting period. The article identifies the barriers to partnership between the police and the private security that has hamstrung any effective and efficient fight against crime. Literature and empirical research was used to identify these barriers and recommendations were made that could minimise or remove these barriers to benefit the partnership.

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