Department of Police Practice

Prof J van Graan

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 433 9471
E-mail: vgraajg@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

D Litt et Phil: Police Science (Unisa, 2008)

Currently teaching

  • Forensic Methods and Techniques V (FOM501F)
  • Supervision of masters students and doctoral students

Fields of academic interests

  • Crime reduction and prevention
  • Community policing
  • Intelligence-led policing

Field of Specialisation

  • Crime reduction and prevention
  • Community policing
  • Intelligence-led policing

Books

  • Van Graan, J. & Budhram, T. 2015. Principles of investigation. In Zinn, R.J and Dintwe, S.I. (Eds). Forensic Investigation: Legislative Practice and Scientific Principles, Juta: Cape Town. (ISBN: 9780702186479).
  • Van Graan, J.G., Van der Merwe, J.J. & Berning, J.P.M.S. (Fortcoming). Fundamental Policing Principles. In Ngantweni, G.X., Olutola, A. & Masiloane, D.T. (Eds). Crime Prevention and Policing: An African Handbook. Pearson: Cape Town. (ISBN: 978 17757 860 54).

Journal articles

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    • Van Graan, J. & H.F. Snyman. 2011. The value of impact evaluation of public service transformation: Lessons learnt from a South African Police Service specialised unit. Southern African Journal of Public Management, (46)(4): 1309-1322.
    • Meyer, M. & Van Graan, J. 2012. Effective Community Policing in Practice: The Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch Case Study, West Rand. Southern African Journal of Criminology- Acta Criminologica, (24)(2): 130-143.
    • Van Graan, J. 2012.  An Impact Evaluation of the SAPS Restructuring: The Case of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in the West Rand. Southern African Journal of Criminology- Acta Criminologica, (25)(1): 97-113.
    • Van Graan, J. 2012. The quality of service of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit of the South African Police Service, post 2010. Child Abuse Research in South Africa (CARSA), (13)(2): 35-44.
    • Van Graan, J. & Ukpere, W.I. 2012. The role of impact evaluation on service delivery within the public sector organizations. African Journal of Business Management, (6)(39): 10458-10463.
    • Van Graan, J. & Ukpere, W.I. 2012. An Inclusive Approach to Structural Transformation in organisational restructuring. African Journal of Business Management, (6)(50): 11916-11922.
    • Van der Watt, M. & Van Graan, J. 2013. Towards the demystification of gang rape: An investigative analysis of a sample of closed and unsolved gang rape cases in Port Elizabeth. Southern African Journal of Criminology- Acta Criminologica, (26)(1).
    • Van der Watt, M., Van Graan, J. & Labuschagne, G. 2014. Modus operandi, signature and fantasy as distinctive behaviour: Fundamental considerations in the case linkage of child rape cases. Child Abuse Research in South Africa (CARSA), (15)(1): 61-72.
    • Van Graan, J. & Van der Watt, M. 2014. Case docket analysis: An effective crime information product for criminal investigators, crime analysts and crime researchers. Southern African Journal of Criminology- Acta Criminologica, (27)(1): 144-159.
    • Van Graan, J. & Zinn, R. 2015. Child care institutions as a source of crime intelligence in combatting child sexual crimes. Child Abuse Research in South Africa, (16)(1): 40-54.
    • Van Graan, J. & Ukpere, W.I. 2015. Restructuring police organizations: the significance of global experiences for the South African Police Service. Problems and Perspectives in Management, (13)(2): 460-469.  
    • Van Graan, J. 2016. Multi-sector cooperation in preventing crime: the case of a South African Neighbourhood Watch as an effective crime prevention model. Police Practice & Research: An International Journal, (17)(2): 136-148.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Editorial board member: Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal (CARSA).
  • National council member (policing representative): The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC).
  • Member of the Criminological and Victimological Association of Southern Africa (CRIMSA).
  • Member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) (Southern African Branch).
  • Member of the Policing Association of Southern Africa (POLSA).

Projects

  • Johan is currently the project leader of a University of South Africa funded Community Engagement flagship research project within the College of Law entitled Community Safety Networks. This project focuses on property crime victimisation in residential neighbourhoods and the potential reduction and prevention of these crimes.

Other

Johan was a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) for seventeen years where he served in the Provincial Protection Service (VIP Unit) and Crime Intelligence Unit before joining the academia. He resigned from the police as a Warrant Officer with a collection of commendations for his involvement in the covert investigation of various high profile national and international crime investigations. His courses successfully completed include, among other, specialised and unconventional methods and techniques in the gathering of covert crime intelligence.

He is also actively involved in community policing and the founder member and chairperson of a crime prevention initiative in partnership with the Community Policing Forum (CPF). His current research interests in the dynamic fields of the prevention and investigation of crime against women and children and community policing is also being realised in his continues research and publication on these topics. Johan has published locally on organisational restructuring and community policing and is a referee for a local journal on the subject of organisational change management. He is a member of the Criminological and Victimological Association of Southern Africa (CRIMSA) and The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC).