Insights on the use of community policing forum for crime prevention

A case study of the Brooklyn police station, South Africa

Authors

  • Tinyiko David Ngoveni Senior lecturer, Dr, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Limpopo, Office No. 4015, New K-Block, Sovenga, 0727, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3916-3125
  • Witness Maluleke Senior lecturer, Dr, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Limpopo, Office No. 4015, New K-Block, Sovenga, 0727, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6228-1640
  • Christopher Mabasa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20525/ijrbs.v11i5.1746

Keywords:

Brooklyn police station, Case study, Community Policing Forum, Crime Prevention, South Africa

Abstract

The objective of this study was to explore existing insights on the use of Community Policing Forums (CPFs) for crime prevention, focusing on the Brooklyn police station in South Africa. With the adoption of the phenomenological research design and the qualitative research approach, about Ten (10) participants were selected purposively at the Brooklyn police station, various data collection methods, such as the documentary sources and unstructured face-to-face interviews, aided with the application of direct observation technique was employed. The inductive Thematic Content Analysis (TCA) was employed for data analysis. The findings of this study revealed that the larger part of Brooklyn police station’s officials portrays a professional image despite this demanding career. However, participation on the ground level based on crime prevention actions is not always viable. By utilising the consulted studies and empirical data, three (03) recommendations for policy intervention are made. Firstly, respective communities should urgently avoid paying for the crime prevention private services to provide detailed crime information to the local SAPS. Secondly, the local ‘Private Security Companies’ should collaborate with the CPFs and SAPS to aid the failing crime prevention responsibilities, while working on the restoration of SAPS’s trust by the local community members. Thirdly, the SAPS management should consider persuasive strategies such as frequent education and training of community members and their officials [Undergoing refresher courses], relating to community safety initiatives and implementations of legislative frameworks and policies.

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Published

2022-06-29

How to Cite

Ngoveni , T. D., Maluleke, W., & Mabasa , C. (2022). Insights on the use of community policing forum for crime prevention: A case study of the Brooklyn police station, South Africa. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 11(5), 482–494. https://doi.org/10.20525/ijrbs.v11i5.1746

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