After an absence of more than a decade, Police File is now back on air. Since
its first transmission on 6 April 2003, the new format of the television
programme seems to have made it more popular.
The new, improved Police File retains the original concept with the emphasis on
gathering valuable information from the public involving them in solving crimes.
However, in keeping with the changing South Africa environment, it now also
features stories about the real-life activities of policemen and women in their
daily fight against crime.
With the rebirth of Police File, the challenge was put to the SAPS in
partnership with the SABC to compile and produce the weekly edition of this
30-minute programme. The professional team of broadcast specialists at the
Publications and Audiovisual Media section of the SAPS research, compile and
record the programme at the SAPS studios in Centurion, Pretoria. Incorporating a
full production team in Gauteng as well as camera operators in all nine
provinces (in collaboration with the SAPS provincial communication heads), this
effort is a national one and therefore reaches communities countrywide.
Objectives of Police File
The decision to relaunch Police File was the result of a communication
intervention by SAPS National Commissioner Jackie Selebi, who firstly believes
that the police should pro-actively engage in dialogue with the general public,
which is in line with the Government’s policy of transparency.
The primary objective of Police File is therefore to encourage public support
and participation in the prevention and combating of crime in South Africa.
Police File broadcasts information on wanted and missing persons, provides the
public with crime prevention hints, broadcasts information on serious incidents
of crime and provides the public with regular feedback on the police’s crime
investigation successes. The law enforcement policies and strategic objectives
of the SAPS are also dealt with regularly, as public understanding of these are
crucial to the success of this endeavour.
When is Police File Broadcast?
Tune in to Police File every Monday on SABC 2 Monday at 13:30.
Missing Persons Bureau
Capt Fanie van Deventer/
Capt Hanlie Conradie
+ 27 12 393 2002/5/7