South Africa has some of the most progressive crime prevention policies. However it has failed to deliver the outcomes envisaged by these policies. The framework for the social crime prevention agenda was established in the National Crime Prevention Strategy (1996) and the White Paper on Safety and Security (1998).
Since the formulation of the policy there has been a wide disjuncture between the policy and its implementation. Indeed, the prevention of crime appears mostly as an add-on to the implementation of development policy, where it appears at all. However, over the past few years, the activities of a small group of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working on a variety of fairly small-scale projects, have resulted in a developing knowledge base of good practice for crime prevention in South Africa. Although still limited, there are now published resources related to the lessons learned from the activities of these NGOs.
The CJCP was established by the OSF-SA in 2005 with the purpose of promoting and strengthening crime prevention practice in South Africa. The CJCP works to develop, inform and promote evidence-based crime prevention practice in South Africa and, where of benefit to this, in other developing countries. The CJCP was established as an operational resource, able to dedicate capacity to increasing the confidence in which policy-makers, public servants and practitioners approach and implement crime prevention in South Africa.
The CJCP is an association incorporated under Section 21 - Reg No: 2005/012780/08, and is also a registered non-profit organisation: 164-936 NPO.