Occasional Paper

Partners Against Crime : From Community to Partnership Policing

“Partnership policing is not a new concept in South Africa, but a new and sometimes
controversial term. Does it fall under the auspices of community policing or does it replace community policing in its own right? Though many believe that partnership policing still remains an element of community policing, this paper supports the notion that partnership policing has evolved from community policing and therefore has status as an independent model. But, partnership policing initiatives –particularly in a country like South Africa that is still in the throes of political transition – carry both advantages and disadvantages. This paper seeks to explore these issues on the basis of information gathered through participative research and semi-structured interviews.”