GETTING INTO THE CITY BEAT: Challenges facing our metro police

  • Gareth Newham Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Keywords: police, metro police, South Africa


It has been a little over five years since metropolitan police departments were first established in South Africa. Despite relatively small numbers of operational personnel, they now form a familiar part of the policing landscape. With good reason, metro police officers do better at traffic control than crime prevention, and their relationship with the SAPS needs attention. This article reflects on their achievements over the past years and some of the key challenges confronting these local level police agencies.

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