"This monograph aims to clarify the functions of a municipal police service and the challenges they are likely to face in fulfilling these. The monograph is based on research carried out independently by the authors over a period of several years. It provides an up-to-date picture of developments in Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, as well as the complex, lengthy and costly process required for establishing a municipal police service. The statutory functions of a municipal police service (MPS) are traffic policing, policing of municipal bylaws and regulations and preventing crime. The MPS will not conduct criminal investigations. After arresting any person on suspicion of having committed a criminal offence, the arrested person will be taken to a SAPS police station as soon as possible."