This paper explores developments in the concept of police professionalism that have emerged in South Africa in recent years. It considers professionalism in relation to comparable historical and contemporary developments in the US and UK, and consolidates the different ways in which these are currently manifesting in South Africa. Adding to the current discourse, it suggests that a professional South African Police Service (SAPS) should include a clearly defined, minimalist mandate.
Written by Andrew Faull and Brian Rose, Institute for Security Studies
This paper was made possible through the generous funding of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. In addition, general Institute funding is provided by the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.