Evidence-Based Policing South Africa: Connecting researchers, police and public safety actors

This one-day conference reflects on recent research and its implications for policing and public safety partnerships.

23 JUN 2022  

Event details

Date: 2022-06-23

Time: 04:30 to 13:00

Venue: Online via Zoom or in-person, Cape Town Lodge, 101 Buitengracht St, Cape Town

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

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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 hybrid conference provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, share new research and strengthen partnerships.

Chairperson: Dr Andrew Faull, Senior Researcher, ISS


  • Associate Prof Gregory Breetzke and Kayla Theron, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Guy Lamb, Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch
  • David Bruce, Independent Researcher specialising in public safety and policing
  • Major General Phillip Vuma, Head and Brigadier Kobus Schwartz, Section Head, Specialised and Tactical Research, SAPS Research Division
  • Dr Melvin Moodley, Director, Health Intelligence, Western Cape Department of Health
  • Dr Anna Wilke, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr Mwai Kariuki and Levis Amuya, Institute of Criminology, Forensics and Security Studies, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya

Topics and themes:

  • Police violence and use of force in South Africa
  • Policing and boundaries in a violent society
  • A street segment analysis of crime in Khayelitsha, Cape Town
  • How does the state replace the community? Experimental evidence on crime control from South Africa
  • Student police officer receptivity to empirical research and evidence-based policing
  • An overview of the South African Police Services’ Evidence-Based Policing pilots
  • The Western Cape Safety Dashboard
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.

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