Department of Police Practice

Dr H Lochner

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 433 9413


  • DLitt et Phil: Police Science (Unisa)
  • M-Tech: Forensic Investigations (UNISA)
  • B-Tech: Security Risk Management (UNISA)
  • B-Tech: Policing (UNISA)
  • National Diploma: Security Management (UNISA)
  • National Diploma: Police Administration (UNISA)

Currently teaching

  • Supervision of Masters and Doctoral students

Fields of academic interests

  • Crime investigation
  • Cell phone technology
  • The development and research of modus operandi
  • Invetigative trademark
  • Vertical search method


Field of Specialisation

  • The investigation of crime, more specifically violent crime which includes the following: Cash-in-transit robberies, bank robbereis, violence and crime on farms and taxti violence.
  • The use of cell phone technology in the investigation of crime.
  • The investigation of a crime scene
  • Crime intelligence


  • Lochner, H. 2014.Taking of effective witness statements. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Lochner, H. 2015. Crime Scene Investigation. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Lochner, H. 2016. Contributed a Chapter in a book entitled Forensic Investigation: Legislative Practice and Scientific. Cape Town: Juta.

Journal articles

  • Lochner, H (co-author). 2012. Making the invisible visible: the presentation of electronic (cell phone) evidence as real evidence in a court of law. Acta Criminologica
  • Lochner, H (co-author). 2014. Detecting invisible traces generated by a cell phone at a crime scene. Acta Criminologica.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Member of Criminological and Victimological society of South Africa


  • Member of Community Safety Networks project.


Completed short courses in:

  • Interviewing and people skills for fraud examiner and auditors (pass with distinction)
  • Advanced short Cources in Outcome based assessment in Higher Education and open distance learning (Pass with distinction)
  • Prevention and detection of procurement fraud (with distinction)

Work history

Member of the South Africa Police Service from 1 July 1981 to 30 September 2009.

  • 1981 – 1983 – Compulsory conscription in the SAP.
  • 1983 – Join the SAP as a permanent member and work as an investigator at Letsitele, Ellisras and the Tzaneen detective branches.
  • 1990 – Station Commander Hoedspruit SAP.
  • 1992 – Pietersburg (Polokwane SAPS)– Commander of the Investigation and Inquiry Unit.
  • 1994 – Commander of the unit responsible to investigate Taxi-violence in the Far North and Limpopo Province.
  • 1995 – Appointed as the Povincial commander of the Serious and Violent Crimes Unit in the Limpopo Province
  • 2000 – Coordinator for covert information in relation to cash-in-transit heists in Gauteng.
  • 2009 - Resigned from SAPSAppointed as a cellphone analyst at the cash-in-transit company SBV. After this I was appointed
  • 2010 - appointed as a senior lecturer at the Department of Police Practice.