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Chief Directorate: Policy and Research

Composition |Functions | Objectives | Performance | Purpose


The Chief Directorate consists of two sub-programmes–
  • Policy and Research
  • Legislation


  • Provide research and conduct strategy development
  • Co-ordinate and advice on the implementation of Secretariat policy processes
  • Facilitate and co-ordinate the implementation of SAPS developed policies
  • Manage and facilitate policy analysis processes
  • Establish and strengthen partnerships with research bodies/institutions and provincial Secretariats; and
  • Manage and provide a research and resource information management service to all relevant stakeholders


  • Continuous high quality, evidence-based strategic policy advice provided to the Minister
  • High quality, evidence-based research programmes on policing issues
  • Enhanced research and policy development within the policing environment
  • A Resource Centre that acts as an information hub to support all components of the Secretariat and provinces
  • Relevant legislation within the safety and security environment is developed and processed


    In order to achieve the objectives, the Chief Directorate will focus on the following indicators–
    • A revised White Paper on Safety and Security;
    • Finalized policy document on a single police service;
    • A policy document on private security;
    • Finalised policy document on establishment of Community Safety Forums;
    • Finalised policy on police station boundaries;
    • Analysis report on recruitment and placement policy finalized;
    • Reports on policy arising from M&E recommendations;
    • Research reports on SAPS Training;
    • Report on internal police survey;
    • Research reports on areas required by the Minister;
    • Quarterly engagements and quality reports from Reference Group;
    • An integrated annual research programme for national and provincial secretariats to identify and align National research flagship projects/programmes;
    • Fully functional & operational National Resource Centre;
    • Draft Information Collection development Policy;
    • Source, analyze, store and disseminate research reports;
    • Functional and coordinated policing research database;
    • Bills finalized and submitted to parliament:
      • Dangerous Weapons
      • PSIRA
      • Firearms Control Amendment
      • Reviewed SAPS Ac
    • Prepare and submit regulations in terms of approved legislation: Firearms Control Amendment Act; Reviewed South African Police Services Act; Civilian Secretariat for Police Act


  • To provide timeous, evidence-based strategic research and policy advice and legislative support to the Minister of Police.