Department of Police Practice

Prof RJ Zinn

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Tel: 012 433 9417


  • DLitt et Phil (Police Science) Unisa
  • Magister Technologiae, Cum Laude (Correctional Services Management), Technikon SA
  • National Higher Diploma Policing, Cum Laude, Technikon SA
  • National Diploma Police Administration, Department of Education and Culture Administration: House of Assembly

Currently teaching

Supervision of masters and doctoral students

Fields of academic interests

  • Intelligence Led Policing
  • Crime related matters
  • Forensic/Criminal Investigation
  • Community Safety Networks
  • Cyber crime

Field of Specialisation

  • Intelligence Led Policing
  • House Robbery (Home Invasion)
  • Motor Vehicle Hijacking
  • Violent Crime
  • Forensic/Criminal Investigation
  • Community Safety Networks
  • Policing


  • Book published in 2010, Home Invasion, Robbers Disclose What you should know.  Tafelberg Publishers. ISBN: 978-0-624-04874-9
  • Co-editor of the book Forensic Investigation: Legislative Principles and Scientific Practices. ISBN: 978 07021 86479 Published by Juta Law in July 2015.
  • Co-author of the book Crime Scene Investigation.  2015: Juta Law.  ISBN: 9781485106425.

Journal articles

  • Acta Criminologica: 2008: The modus operandi of house robbers (robberies at residential premises) in the Gauteng province.
  • Crime Quarterly: 2010. ‘The value of incarcerated house robbers as a source of crime intelligence’.    
  • Acta Criminologica: 2012: Framework for an Effective Community Safety Network.
  • Acta Criminologica: 2014.  Co-author of the article: Detecting Invisible Traces Generated by a Cellphone at a Crime Scene..
  • CARSA: 2015.  Co-author of article: Child Care Institutions as a Source of Crime Intelligence in Combatting Child Sexual Crimes.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Director of the Foundation for Safe South Africa (FSSA)
  • Member of the executive board of The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC)
  • Member of POLSA (Policing Organisation of Southern Africa)
  • Member of CRIMSA (Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the accredited journal Crime Quarterly
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the accredited journal CARSA


  • Violent crime
  • Trio Crimes
  • Community Safety Networks


Dr Rudolph Zinn is Professor of Policing and Forensic Investigation at the University of South Africa (UNISA).  He was a police officer for eight years and resigned as a Lieutenant with a collection of High Court commendations for crime investigations. Rudolph was a founder member of the post graduate qualifications in Forensic Investigation and Policing at the Technikon SA and Unisa and served as an advisor in the training of the Scorpions and other law enforcement units. 

He was an advisor to two Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police, London, on the joint training initiatives of law enforcement agencies in South Africa. Rudolph provided training on preventing home invasions and hijacking in Rome, Italy, to the agencies who support the UN in food distribution in Africa.  He delivered papers at a number of national and international conferences, seminars and colloquiums.