Trust in the police is vital to a functioning democracy. But in South Africa, relations between the public and police have long suffered from suspicions and low confidence.
This event launches a new report introducing procedural justice as a cost-effective, evidence-informed practice that can build positive perceptions of the police, enhance their legitimacy and strengthen social cohesion. Speakers will present data on trust, satisfaction and police morale in South Africa and the findings of an Eastern Cape study. The question of whether South Africa’s police can prioritise trust in their work will also be considered.
This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Eastern Cape Department of Community Safety.
Moderator: Dr Andrew Faull, Senior Researcher, ISS
Major General Shadrack Sibiya, Component Head for Organised Crime, South African Police Service
Jody van der Heyde, Global INSPIRE Working Group Coordinator, ISS
- Martin Sycholt, Director of Policy and Research, Eastern Cape Department of Community Safety
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