Policing the Police: The Ombudsman Solution
Shearing, C. 1991. Policing the Police: the Ombudsman Solution. Indicator SA: Political Monitor. 8(4):11-14
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Date Written: 1991
A criminologist takes a provocative look at the current problems besetting the South African security forces in policing transitional politics. Drawing on firsthand experience in formulating security policy for the Canadian police force, Prof Shearing evaluates aspects of the draft peace accord negotiated by some of South Africa's major actors (Sunday Times, 18 August 1991). He debunks current fashionable theories about the non-political role of policing and the potential to reform what he calls 'cop culture'.
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