Investigating psychologically motivated crimes: The work of the SAPS Investigative Psychology Unit

  • Bilkis Omar ISS
Keywords: crime, South Africa, SAPS, police, psychology, Investigative Psychology Unit


The investigation of crimes like serial murder and serial rape requires both experience and proficient detective work. It also requires specialist knowledge to identify the psychological and criminological elements of a serial offence. Within the SAPS, there is a specialist unit that deals with psychologically motivated crimes – the Investigative Psychology Unit (IPU). This article draws attention to the contribution the unit makes to the investigation and prosecution of serial crimes in South Africa.

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