Department of Police Practice

Mr JJ van der Merwe

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 433 9455


  • BA Political Science, University of Pretoria
  • Honours BA (Public Management), University of Stellenbosch
  • MA Policing, UNISA

Currently teaching

  • Crime Prevention Principles I
  • Module A (POL1501)
  • Module B (POL1502)

Fields of academic interests

  • Management in Law enforcement
  • Leadership in Law enforcement  
  • Strategic management in Law enforcement
  • Law enforcement administration and service delivery
  • Law enforcement training
  • Pedagogies and strategies in ODL and DOel

Field of Specialisation

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategic management
  • Law enforcement


  • One Chapter in Crime Prevention and Policing: A African Handbook, Pearson SA Pty Ltd. (Book to be launched end of 2017)

Journal articles

  • Effective Service Delivery: A Leadership Challenge for Policing. Vol 4 No 14 November 2013.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Crimsa
  • IPM


  • Project member – Law enforcement practice


Johan worked in various capacities in the South African Police Service for fifteen years, including in crime prevention and crime investigation units. He resigned as a Captain with a collection of commendations to his name. He lectured in management subjects at the training academy for police officers in the Western Cape in his last post. On joining the Department of Police Practice of the then Technikon SA he lectured in management and later became an Academic Operational Manager in the same department for twelve years.  Johan is currently busy with his Master of Public Administration at the University of Pretoria. He serves on the College of Law’s Marketing Committee.