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I hope that this paper reflects some of these complexities as they are played out within the sphere of SAP training.

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Heidi Van der Westhuizen (Pretoria), Colonel Fourie and Lt Van Zyl (Hammanskraal), Col Munsamy (Chatsworth).

Col Minnaar, Major van Der Merwe, Captain Stoman and the staff of the Bishop Lavis College in Cape Town deserve special mention for their friendly and interested co-operation with our project.

I hope also that this report, and the discussion it is intended to generate, demonstrate to the police force the value of critical independent research.

I would like to thank the Institute for Democracy in SA (IDASA) and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation whose financial, administrative and collegiate support made this research possible and worthwhile.

I would like to thank all the members of staff of the colleges who shared their experiences, opinions and hospitality.

My understanding of life in the police force and the challenges of training has been enriched by these discussions, and I hope that this is reflected in the report.In particular, I would like to thank Etienne Marais and Graeme Simpson, for their input, criticism and support; and Elrena van der Spuy for taking time to make comments on an earlier draft.The purpose of this research was to produce a preliminary assessment of current basic training provision in the South African Police (SAP), and to examine what changes, if any, have been made to basic police training since the process of political reform began in 1990.The SAP is an institution in flux, struggling to adapt to the changing external environment and to re-define its role.The consequences of this institutional upheaval are felt keenly by individual members of the force, resulting in contradictions and anomalies.This is reflected in a training system which emphasizes the acquisition of appropriate skills and which is informed by the notion of police professionalism which suggests that the object of training is to produce a "reflective professional".

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