REWARD A COP. REPORT A COP.


“Many police men and women want nothing more than to serve the public with pride. Every South African should endeavour to give recognition and support to those police officers who do their work with respect, courage and dignity."


The South African public has been called on to actively promote professional policing by engaging in a new campaign to "reward a cop, report a cop."

This month, the nationwide initiative was launched by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in order to combat police misconduct, including corruption, and to support honest, hard working police officers in South Africa.  It aims to mobilise civilians to become more active in reporting good and bad police behaviour in order to help shape a culture of police excellence. The foundation of the drive to "Promote Professional Policing" is based on years of research by the ISS Crime & Justice Programme (CJP) into the causes and dynamics of police corruption in South Africa.

The CJP undertakes research and analysis on crime, criminal justice and crime prevention in South Africa. Various research studies consistently show that many people have a negative view of the country’s various police agencies, believing them to be lazy, corrupt or even criminal.  Head of the CJP, Gareth Newham, says, "Whilst there is no denying that some deserve that label, many police men and women want nothing more than to serve the public with pride. Every South African should endeavour to give recognition and support to those police officers who do their work with respect, courage and dignity."

Research by the ISS reveals that police officials often feel isolated from the public due predominantly to a lack of trust and support. Newham adds, "Visible public support will strengthen the individual position of good police officers within the SAPS and surrounding communities which will, in turn, assist in isolating those officers involved in corruption and misconduct."

Sending a special message in support of the campaign was Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa who says, “In addition to its encouragement amongst the South African public to promote professional policing, this campaign is exciting because it educates the country about the role of the police and what can and should be expected from our police service. We pledge to help promote this important initiative.”



South Africans can help shape a police culture of excellence in various ways. "Civilians should recognise good police service by showing gratitude publicly and to the relevant station commanders. Bad police must be reported through the formal channels that exist. Its easier than most people think," concludes Newham. As part of this campaign, the following communication channels are available with tips and information on how

South Africans can "reward a cop, report a cop." Visit the Crime Hub on www.issafrica.org/crimehub for information about promoting professional policing.  In addition to this, Security and Manpower Solutions will post tips from the crimehub to our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Like our page to receive these tips in your updates.  Share it with your friends to grow awareness and support our police.

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