Professional Policing

Providing facts and figures about the performance of the South African Police Service to support improved police professionalism in SA.

The ISS is committed to reviewing conduct by police officers with a view to developing a more professional South African Police Service (SAPS).


You will be able to review various articles and ISS Today’s on topics including police accountability, reform of the SAPS, instances of police brutality, and other relevant topics. Our SAPS performance tool will allow you to access data on SAPS performance, and includes categories such as:

  • The SAPS budget and expenditure
  • Operations per year and arrests per crime category
  • Crime detection rates

When can the police legally arrest you?

Under police powers in the Criminal Procedure Act, police can make arrests to prevent a crime or to put a suspect before court. A warrant of arrest may be issued by a judge or magistrate on written application by a prosecutor or police officer with the rank of captain or higher.

How can you report illegal police activity?

Report illegal police activity – what information to include and who to report to. If you want to report an assault, an incident of corruption, or any other abuses you believe may have been committed by the police, get the know how.

When can the police legally use force?

Whenever police use force it must be legally justified. This applies both (i) to the circumstances in which they use force, and (ii) the amount of force used.

Professional Policing – Research

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