A Thin or a Thick Blue Line? Exploring Alternative Models for Community Policing and the Police Role in South Africa

In: Grabosky, P. Ed. Community Policing and Peacekeeping. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, 153-168, (2009)

16 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2016

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Monique Marks

Independent

Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Jennifer Wood

Temple University

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In South Africa, police and public authorities acknowledge that feelings of insecurity are rising, and that diverse ‘nodes’ for governing security have been established. As such, the notion of a police monopoly is more a dream than a reality. In this light, we suggest that public policing policies and practices surrounding partnerships reveal an incoherent vision. We suggest that this lack of clarity actually provides opportunities for designing innovative partnerships for the nodal governance of security that hinge on a ‘core’ and publicly symbolic role for the police.

Suggested Citation

Marks, Monique and Shearing, Clifford D and Wood, Jennifer, A Thin or a Thick Blue Line? Exploring Alternative Models for Community Policing and the Police Role in South Africa (2009). In: Grabosky, P. Ed. Community Policing and Peacekeeping. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, 153-168, (2009), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2758278

Monique Marks

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Clifford D Shearing (Contact Author)

University of Cape Town ( email )

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University of Montreal, School of Criminology ( email )

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University of New South Wales ( email )

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University of Toronto ( email )

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Jennifer Wood

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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