Department of Police Practice

Prof HF Snyman

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Tel: 012 433 9464


  • BA (UP) 1979
  • BA Hons (UP) 1980
  • MA (Criminology) 1986
  • DLitt et Phil (Criminology) 1991
  • Certificate in Compliance Management at RAU (2003).
  • Certificate in Corruption Prevention at UP (2003)
  • Diploma in Criminal Justice and Auditing from the RAU (1997)
  • Fundamental Management Programme from the Graduate school of business leadership of Unisa, 1995

Currently teaching

  • Professionalism in Policing
  • Module A (PRF3701)
  • Module B (PRF3702)
  • Supervision of masters and doctoral students

Fields of academic interests

  • Applied ethics in policing
  • Professionalism in policing
  • Crime prevention

Field of Specialisation

  • Applied ethics in policing
  • Professionalism in policing
  • Crime prevention

Journal articles

  • Dintwe, SI & Snyman, R. 2015. Demystifying the meaning of forensic investigation: a qualitative case of South Africa. Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology 28 (3) 77-91.
  • Bopape, LS & Snyman, R. 2015. An analysis of the measures used to control firearms in South Africa: looking backwards and looking forwards. Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology. Special edition no. 15 of 2015, 114 – 130.
  • Debalkie, D. & Snyman, R. 2014. The scaffolding of police corruption prevention in Ethiopia and South Africa. Acta Criminologica 27 (1) 114 – 128.
  • Makgopa, L. & Snyman, R. 2014. Guidelines to prevent deaths in police cells, based on a regulation implementation gap analysis. Acta Criminologica 27 (2) 81 – 94.
  • Snyman, H.F. 2012. Discretion, the better part of valour? Empowering traffic  officials to make discretionary decisions. SACQ 41 28 September 21-27
  • Snyman, H.F. 2011. The penumbra of the policing mandate: the case of the South African Police Service. Conference proceedings: Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: An International Conference.Brisbane: University of Queensland. ISBN: 978-0-9871533-2-6.
  • Van Graan, J. & Snyman, H.F. 2011. Value of impact evaluation of public service transformation: lessons learnt from a South African Police Service specialised unit.  Journal of Public Administration 46(4) 1309 - 1322
  • Snyman, R. 2010. Professionalism in policing: a qualitative case study. Acta Criminologica. 23(3)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Crimsa member
  • Polsa member


Rika commenced her career at the University of Fort Hare where she lectured in the Department of Criminology, joined the Department of Criminology at Unisa in 1985, and accepted a position at the Technikon South Africa in 1997 (now Unisa since the merger of the two institutions) in the Department of Police Practice. Her academic interest has shifted from the criminology field to that of policing. During this period her tuition responsibilities focused on masters’ and doctoral students.  Her current research interest in the dynamic field of professional conduct in policing is also being realised in the introduction of the tuition modules on Professionalism in Policing.

Rika has completed short programmes in Compliance Management and in Criminal Justice and Auditing from the former Rand Afrikaans University, in Corruption Prevention at the University of Pretoria and the Fundamental Management Programme at Unisa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership. She is also an Ethics Institute of South Africa certified ethics officer. Her publication list comprises over 20 articles and chapters in national and international journals and books. Rika, as co-editor (with L. Davis) published a book in 2005, Victimology in South Africa. Pretoria: Van Schaik. She has successfully supervised 26 postgraduate students in the Master’s – and doctoral programme and has acted as an external examiner for a number of postgraduate qualifications at various South African universities. Extending her academic and intellectual network has been essential to her academic development through her broad and extensive national and international conference presentations and visits to criminal justice institutions.