Community Policing is a Potential Strategy to Combat Crime: Community Police Forums Purpose is for the Monitoring of the Implementation of the Saps's Community Policing Strategy

Authors : Dr. John Motsamai Modise

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 7 - July

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The objectives of this study were; to describe the participation of the community members in the Community Policing Forums; to identify the participation of CPFs in the community; to identify challenges faced by Community Policing Forums in the Country; to identify the purpose of the Community Policing Forums; to establish the strengths of the CPFs in doing their work; and to determine the needs of the CPFs to enable them to do their work. The study will be derived into two sections. Section 1 will describe the roles and responsibilities of Community Police Forums and the way they are organized. The second portion will cover the South African Police Service's policy- regulating framework for community policing, community policing forums, and the Implementation Guideline for Partnerships in Policing. The different publications acting as a roadmap for the creation and execution of CPFs to encourage communication between SAPS and community members. It is generally thought that the idea of strengthening community safety through engagement between SAPS and CPFs to achieve crime prevention is a legitimate strategy that is not exclusive to South Africa. In line with Section 205(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, this serves as an addition to crime prevention efforts backed by the UN. In contrast, the notion of strengthening community safety through collaboration between SAPS and CPFs to achieve crime prevention is today regarded as a valid technique that is not exclusive to South Africa. As for suggestions, in South Africa, the development of CPFs in cooperation with the local SAPS to achieve crime prevention can play crucial roles in combating various crimes and also act as a deterrent to crimes causation within South African communities; as a result, the establishment and implementations should be based on the confinement of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and SAPS Act (No. 68 of 1995). In a study conducted by Rosenbaum (1994), stated that research done since the early 1970s has revealed that the professional law enforcement model used in policing has flaws. A completely new way of thinking and acting in the police force will result in a fundamental overhaul of the organization's structure. The international legal framework and South African viewpoint must serve as the change's guiding principles. "(Mamosebo, 2014:22)". The South African National Government established Community Policing Forums (CPFs) in each police station to ensure that both the SAPS and members of the community are involved in crime prevention within their area of jurisdiction. This was done in order to implement the community policing philosophy. Here, we'll go into great depth on how the police and CPFs work together to prevent crime.

Keywords : Community Involvement in CPF’s, Participation in Neighbourhood Gatherings, Crime Prevention, Police Accountability, Communication between Police and Community, Community Safety, Financing, Education, Assistance from the Police, Community Support, Lowering Crime, Enhancing Public Safety.


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