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

  • Forensic Methods and Techniques (FOR2601)
  • Forensics Crime Intelligence (FOR2607)
  • Advanced Forensics Crime Intelligence (FOR4805)
  • 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


  • Zinn, R. 2010, Home Invasion, Robbers Disclose What you should know.  Tafelberg  Publishers. ISBN: 978-0-624-04874-9
  • Zinn, R (co-editor). 2015. Forensic Investigation: Legislative Principles and Scientific Practices.  Cape Town: Juta Law. ISBN: 978 07021 86479.
  • Zinn, R (co-author) Crime  Scene Investigation. 2015. Cape Town: Juta Law.  ISBN: 9781485106425.
  • Zinn, R. 2020. Victims of  selected crimes of robbery with aggravating circumstances. In Victimology in South Africa. (3rd      edition). Pretoria: Van Schaik’s.
  • Zinn, R. 2020. (co-author). Basic Investigation Principles for  Investigators.  (In print) Juta  Law.
  • Zinn, R. 2020. An Overview of Factors that Contribute to Crime in South Africa.  In A Southern African Perspective on Fundamental Criminology. Cape Town: Pearson.     

Journal articles

  • Zinn, R. 2008: The modus      operandi of house robbers (robberies at residential premises) in the Gauteng province. Acta Criminologica Journal.
  • Zinn, R. 2010. ‘The value of incarcerated house robbers as a source of crime intelligence’.  Crime Quarterly Journal. 
  • Zinn, R. 2012: Framework for an Effective Community Safety Network. Acta Criminologica Journal.
  • Zinn, R. 2014. Co-author of the article: Detecting Invisible Traces Generated by a Cellphone at a Crime Scene. Acta Criminologica Journal.
  • Zinn, R (co-author). 2015.  Child Care Institutions as a Source of Crime Intelligence in Combatting Child Sexual Crimes. CARSA Journal.
  • Zinn, R. 2017. The Policing of Robbery with Aggravating Circumstances: Case Studies of Incarcerated Offenders of Home Invasions, Carjackings and Cash-In-Transit Heists in South Africa. Acta Criminologica;30 (2).
  • Zinn, R. 2020. “Polisiëringsbestuurstrategiëe in intelligensiegedrewe ingrypings: vragmotorkapings as gevallestudie” (Policing management strategies in intelligence-driven interventions: truck hijacking as a case study). LitNet Akademies: Geesteswetenskappe (Online accredited journal).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Director of the Foundation  for Safe South Africa (FSSA)
  • Senator of The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC)
  • 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


Prof 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.