WHAT IS POLICING?
According to “Encyclopedia Britannica", Policing is the duties of a body of officers representing the civil authority of government. Policing is typically the responsibility for maintaining public order and safety, enforcing the law, and preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal activities. These functions are known as policing.
WHO CAN BE INVOLVED IN POLICING ACTIVITIES?
Following the definition above, policing thus may be performed by several different professional organizations: public police forces, private security agencies, the military, and government agencies with various surveillance and investigative powers.
The best known of these bodies are the publicly seen forces that patrol public spaces, often in marked cars, and whose members wear a uniform. They are the most visible representatives of the civil authority of government, and they provide the model typically associated with police organizations.
HOW DO I BECOME A POLICE OFFICER?
Being a police officer is a meaningful and impactful way to serve a community and one's country at large. Becoming a police officer doesn’t rely heavily on formal education; in fact, a matric certificate is a minimum requirement but a diploma qualification in policing from an accredited institution will add immensely and work to the advantage of the prospective individual(s). Also, extensive and specialized training is required.
Police officers play an important role in communities throughout the world. They go through rigorous training to prepare for the responsibility of protecting lives and property in their community.
Working in the law enforcement requires physical and mental strength as officers deal with stress and dangerous situations on a regular basis. In fact, law enforcement personnel have one of the highest rates of injury and illness related to occupation.
WHO WILL EMPLOY ME AFTER GRADUATING?
Police officers often work for the government, for example, the SAPS and also in municipalities in the Metro Policing Unit e.g. JMPD as obtainable in South Africa. A graduate of policing can be employed in public police forces, private security agencies, the military (South African National Defense Force -SANDF), and government agencies with various surveillance and investigative powers.
Some graduates of Policing work with private security companies and others in private security investigating outfits for example in private investigation capacities.