Department of Police Practice

Mrs T van Niekerk

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Tel: 012 433 9414 / 011 471 3560


  • MTech: Forensic Investigation (UNISA)
  • BTech: Policing (UNISA)
  • National Diploma: Police Administration (UNISA)
  • Certificate in Police Management (UNISA)

Currently teaching

  • Forensic Interviewing IV (FOI401F)
  • Identification IV (IDE401F)
  • Supervision of Masters students

Fields of academic interests

  • Crime Investigation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Crimes against woman and children
  • Drug investigations

Field of Specialisation

  • Crime & Forensic Investigation
  • Policing
  • Crimes against woman and children (Domestic Violence and others)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Members of Criminological and Victimological society of South Africa


  • Member of Community Safety Networks project


Teresa served in the SAPS for twenty one years as detective and worked at several stations and units ranging from Kliptown: Internal Investigation unit to Hillbrow, Area: Johannesburg, FCS – Hillbrow, Hillbrow, Sophiatown and was the branch commander at the detective services at Brixton. She then resigned from SAPS and join UNISA as a Lecturer in 2013.