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Crime and Policing in Transitions: Comparative Perspectives

“The following discussion broadly reflects the debate which took place at the conference. It does not attempt to be a summary of all the papers presented but instead seeks to give a flavour of both the issues discussed and some of the tentative co...

Policing in South Africa 2010 and Beyond

"Dr Cilliers officially opened the workshop and began his presentation by noting the many exciting developments in policing in the recent past, starting with the appointment of the Honourable Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the National Commissioner o...

The Security Factor in Business Environment across Nigerian States

"This paper examines security as an important element of business environment across Nigerian states. Crime and Security are threats to social and economic life. It increases the cost of doing business, business risks and uncertainty. While offici...

Corruption in the South African Police Service Civilian Perceptions and Experiences

"This paper has sought to detail the experiences and discourse that inform the current widespread lack of trust and public perception of corruption in the SAPS. The ordinary citizens who participated in this study proposed strongly that the simpl...

National and International Perspectives on Crime and Policing Towards a Coherent Strategy for Crime Reduction in South Africa Beyond 2010

"This paper consists of three parts in considering the issue of crime reduction. First, we focus on theoretical perspectives of crime reduction and then we engage in the debate about ‘Why crime rates fell’ in many Western countries. The final part...

Criminal Justice in Review 2001/2002

"Chapter one analyses the latest available official crime statistics at the time of writing. During the 2001/02 financial year 2.5 million crimes were recorded in South Africa, some 25% more than in 1994/95. While recorded crime increased rapidly...

Rainbow Tenement. Crime and policing in inner Johannesburg

"This monograph summarises the findings of the last of these components: a 1,100 household victim survey conducted in Johannesburg Central and Hillbrow police station areas in March 2002 and a follow-up 201 household survey conducted in Hillbrow r...

Sentencing in South Africa Public Perception and Judicial Process

"To understand public perception better, and to assess the extent to which sentencing laws satisfy public demands for the tough punishments of criminals, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Institute for Human Rights and Criminal Jus...

The Challenges of Community Policing in South Africa

"This paper attempts to outline these challenges by providing a brief analysis of the origins of community policing in South Africa and how this influenced the conceptualisation of the later community policing policy. This is followed by a descrip...

Assessing the Crime Fighters The Ability of the Criminal Justice System to Solve and Prosecute Crime

"This paper looks at a number of the criminal justice system’s performance indicators to identify its crucial weaknesses. Most of the analysis will be devoted to the last three years (1996-98) for which comprehensive statistics are available for t...

The Role of Local Government in Crime Prevention in South Africa

"This paper aims to provide a broad overview of the emerging policy framework in relation to local government crime prevention, as well as the reasons for this approach. In addition, some attempt is made to outline areas where intervention can occ...

Organised Crime in Post Apartheid South Africa

"The lack of understanding of the growth of organised crime in South Africa has been the result of a general failure to properly analyse the phenomenon. There is little, if any, substantial work on the development of organised crime in the countr...

South Africa : Crime in Transition

"The document provides a detailed analysis of the reason for the growth of crime in the country – seen (correctly) as a complex intermeshing of a diversity of factors – and outlines steps under way in various government departments to counter cri...

Partners Against Crime : From Community to Partnership Policing

"Partnership policing is not a new concept in South Africa, but a new and sometimes controversial term. Does it fall under the auspices of community policing or does it replace community policing in its own right? Though many believe that partner...

Reforming South Africa's Criminal Justice System

"The transformation of the most publicly visible component of the criminal justice system is still far from complete. But equally serious problems characterise the system further along - these are primarily in the areas of the detection of crime, ...

Money Laundering in East and Southern Africa: a Preliminary Overview of the Threat

"The report commences with a profile of the definition of money laundering as a distinct crime. It then outlines the strategic importance of money laundering, and discusses laundering patterns within the ESAAMLG region from three distinct, but r...

Organised crime in Southern Africa First annual review

"The report shows that the more serious forms of crime in terms of the monetary value involved or the potential harm they cause have a transnational dimension, both in terms of being committed by people of varying nationalities and in terms of af...

A Survey of Crime Victims in Sierra Leone May to June 2008

"The crime victimisation survey conducted in Sierra Leone was part of a broader review of the empirical evidence on the state of crime and criminal justice and its impact on the political processes in four other African countries – Zambia, Tanzani...

A Survey of Crime Victims in Benin

"This victim survey raises a number of issues about crime control strategies in the country. The government should improve its crime-fighting strategies, in both rural and urban areas in order to ensure the security of citizens. Such measures sho...

Policing in South Africa in 2007: Key Issues and Developments

"In November 2007 the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) organised a conference on key issues and developments on policing in South Africa,funded by the Open Society Foundation of South Africa and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. An important theme ...

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