Police Accountability, Oversight and Integrity to Enhance Professionalism in the Police Service


Authors : Dr. John Motsamai Modise; Dr. Derek Taylor; Dr. Kishore Raga

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 9 - September

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7302348

The study aimed to investigate culture of accountability in law enforcement, which is of particular importance. Police departments need to create a system of internal checks and balances to make sure officers carry out their duties properly and act with integrity. Police accountability ensures that officers can work together effectively. They can trust their commanders to make ethical decisions. They know their fellow officers will put the needs of the department and the public ahead of personal interests. A culture of accountability in law enforcement also builds trust between the police and the community. The public holds the police to high standards. When police violate the rules, they break public trust and lose credibility. This ultimately makes policing more difficult, as people are unlikely to cooperate with police if they don’t trust them. The second aim of the study was to investigate oversight and integrity in the police. The third aim is to identify how the levels of police professionalism within the South African Police Service could be improved. A literature review on adult learning, training and development, as well as SAPS professionalism, was conducted.

Keywords : Police Accountability, Police, Oversight, Police Integrity, Police Professionalism; South African Police Service

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