Fixing South Africa’s broken windows
In 1982, George L Kelling and James Q Wilson penned an article that created the idea of broken windows policing. Kelling, who died on 15 May aged 83, will be remembered as the father of broken windows policing, and for his early contributions to what has become evidence-based policing. Both are important for South Africa – a country replete with broken windows and not enough evidence-informed police practice.
To improve policing in South Africa – whether through broken windows or other approaches – a culture and capacity of planning and evaluating police practices needs to grow.