Evidence-Based Policing South Africa

Connecting researchers, police and public safety actors and supporting police reform for a safer country.

13 OCT 2022  

Event details

Date: 2022-10-13 to 2022-10-14

Time: 04:00 to 13:00

Venue: Day 1: Online and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Pretoria
Day 2: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Pretoria

Event Enquiry: Busang Senne +27 618267510, Email: bsenne@issafrica.org

Evidence-Based Policing South Africa (EBPSA) is a community of researchers, police officers, government officials and their allies working to generate and apply research evidence to improve policing and public safety. This conference provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, share new research and strengthen partnerships.

Day 1 is hybrid (online and in-person), and will primarily cover new research in the field. Day 2 is in-person only and will involve small group and plenary discussions to inform police reform. When registering, indicate which days you will attend. Space for in-person attendance is limited.

Moderator: Dr Andrew Faull, Senior Researcher, ISS


Associate Prof Gregory Breetzke, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria

Dr Michael Reddy, Independent Researcher with 30 years police experience

Dr Tshimangadzo Magadze, Head of Department and Gulwa Nobubele, Masters student, Department of Criminology, University of Fort Hare

Brigadier (Dr) Kobus Schwartz, Section Head, Specialised and Tactical Research, SAPS Research Division

Dr Heidi Sauls, Deputy Director, Policy and Research, Western Cape Department of Community Safety

Izu Sichinga, PhD candidate, Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town

Dr Elizabete Albernaz, Visiting Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand and Adjunct Coordinator, Laboratory of Studies on Conflict, Citizenship and Public Safety, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro

Dr Thabisile Lebitso, University of South Africa

Martin Sycholt, Senior Manager, Policy and Research, Eastern Cape Department of Community Safety

Prof Doraval Govender, Professor Extraordinarius and Prof Krisandren Pillay, Department of Criminology and Security Science, University of South Africa

Dr Yael Litmanovitz, Researcher, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

Topics and themes:

Critical evaluation of South African policing

SAPS Organisational Climate Survey

Association between green space and crime

Modus operandi of criminal gangs in the Eastern Cape

Procedural justice and police legitimacy

Rapid review of the Law Enforcement Advancement Programme (LEAP) 

Police views on policing LGBTQI+ hate crimes in Cape Town

Police performance indicators in Rio de Janeiro

Policing of illegal mining in Gauteng

Experiments and evidence-based policing in Israel

Theory of change for police reform in South Africa (Day 2)

This conference is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Bavarian State Chancellery. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

Evidence-based Policing


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