Factors Associated with Victimization of Police Officers in Mthatha, South Africa

Authors

  • Afika F. Magadla Department of Social Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
  • Emeka E. Obioha Department of Social Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Abstract

This paper provides an analysis of the risk factors that make South African Police Services officers
vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. The participants of this study comprise of one hundred and
five (105) male and female police officers of various demographics, randomly selected from nine (9)
police stations. The study utilised survey instrument (questionnaire) to collect data from the
respondents, which were analysed by employing relevant descriptive and inferential tools from
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Even though this study found work related factors and new
rank as predisposing conditions for victimization, police officers were found to be more susceptible to
victimization due to going out at night alone, staying out at nights generally and indulgence in
alcoholism. While living in descriptively, ‘bad area’ and crime prone areas were potent factors to police
officers being victimised, carrying firearms never saved them from attacks. Interestingly, police officers
with 1-5 years of experience who are married have greater victimization experience than those who
never married, across all police stations

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Published

2021-09-30

How to Cite

Magadla, A. F. ., & Obioha, E. E. . (2021). Factors Associated with Victimization of Police Officers in Mthatha, South Africa. ADRRI Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, 18(2 (6) July-September), 115- 128. Retrieved from https://journals.adrri.org/index.php/adrrijass/article/view/708