The effectiveness of community policing forum in crime prevention

Authors

  • Modjatji M. Malatji Postgraduate Student, University of Limpopo, P.bag X 1106, Sovenga, 0727, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4522-0168
  • Khethiwe Madima Lecturer, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Venda, P. bag X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4548-9669
  • Kholofelo A. Rakubu Associate Professor, Department of Safety and Security Management, Tshwane University of Technology, P. bag X680, Pretoria, South Africa https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3780-3141

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20525/ijrbs.v12i6.2309

Keywords:

Community Policing, Crime Prevention, Forum, Partnership.

Abstract

The National Peace Accord, signed by all major political parties in 1991, created various structures through which police accountability could be sought. In 1993, the Interim Constitution of South Africa Act 200 of 1993 formalized the establishment of the Community Police Forum (CPF) at police stations. The SAPS Act 68 of 1995 made a formal provision for a partnership between the police and the community in fulfilling the needs of the community regarding policing. CPF aims to ensure police accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in the community, promoting cooperation between the service and the community in fulfilling the community's needs regarding policing and promoting communication between the police and the community. It was established to maintain a partnership between the police and the communities, to jointly identify priorities and solve problems related to crime, disorder, fear, poor police-community relations and service delivery. Therefore, the police's new vision of policing was introduced by setting up CPF at police stations throughout the country. The implementation of community policing through CPFs has brought to bear the complexity, dynamics, and of social and political relationships at both the provincial and local levels. This paper aims to evaluate the effectiveness of CPF in crime prevention. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods were employed, and data were collected from 40 community members through face-to-face survey interviews. The research revealed that CPF is ineffective in reducing crime due to the lack of resources to support its functioning. The study recommends proper and frequent communication between the police, CPF and the broader community.

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Published

2023-09-14

How to Cite

Malatji, M. M., Madima, K., & Rakubu, K. A. (2023). The effectiveness of community policing forum in crime prevention. International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147- 4478), 12(6), 202–211. https://doi.org/10.20525/ijrbs.v12i6.2309

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences