Conceptualizing an Ideal Policing Model and Strategies to Effectively Control Crime for the South African Police Service

Authors : Dr. John Motsamai Modise

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 10 - October

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The article's goal is to conceptualize a perfect policing model and crime-fighting tactics for the South African police service. Controlling crime is the police's primary goal. Nobody contests this. Since it symbolizes a strong dedication to this goal, professional crime fighting is widely supported by the public as the fundamental policing strategy. The focus appears to be blurred by other suggested tactics, such as problem-solving or community policing (Robert and Trojanowicz, 1987). These would be undesirable alternatives if they increased the risk of criminal victimization in the community. However, one should not be deceived by language or merely proclaimed dedication to the goal when evaluating the usefulness of alternative police techniques in controlling crime; one must keep an eye on proven efficacy in accomplishing the goal. The three main strategies used in professional crime-fighting today are motorized patrol, quick service to emergency calls, and retroactive crime investigation (George, Kelling, Mark, and Moore, 1987). The President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, Task Force Report, 1988). Over the past few decades, police responsiveness has been improved by connecting officers with the public via telephones, radios, and cars as well as by matching police officer schedules and locations to anticipated calls for service. By prioritizing patrol, screening calls for service, and creating forensic technology (such as computerized criminal record files and automatic fingerprint systems) the police have also been able to focus more intently on significant crimes (Thomas, McEwen, Edward, Connors III, and Marcia Cohen, 1977).

Keywords : Model, Policing, Crime, Tactics in Policing, Conceptualize a Perfect Policing Model, Crime-Fighting Tactics, South African Police Service.


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