KEEPING THE POLICE IN CHECK: Assessing the secretariats for safety and security

  • Duxita Mistry Institute for Security Studies
  • Judy Klipin
Keywords: police, oversight, South Africa, ICD, civilian oversight


Civilian oversight bodies such as the secretariats for safety and security and the ICD have been vocal about recent incidents of police misconduct and abuse of power. However, it is not enough to merely record and comment on such incidents. If real transformation of the SAPS and improvements in service delivery are to occur, civilian oversight should be given greater value and support by political and administrative leaders. This article presents the findings of a recent evaluation aimed at identifying ways to strengthen the secretariats’ role in police oversight.

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