Our goals and values

The primary goal of the Office of the Police Ombudsman, through its oversight function, is to assist SAPOL to uphold to the highest level its integrity, promote its proper accountability to the community, and to engender public confidence in its members. The Office of the Police Ombudsman aims to ensure that questions of misconduct and breaches of discipline are properly dealt with. Accordingly, the Office of the Police Ombudsman exists to encourage discipline within the police, protects against corruption, and enhances public trust in the criminal justice system.

The Office of the Police Ombudsman aims to provide accessible information to the wider community that allows for a greater understanding of the role and functions of the office, and to engage in proactive and educative measures.

The Office of the Police Ombudsman strives to ensure that it acts:

  • impartially
  • fairly
  • effectively and efficiently
  • professionally; and
  • in accordance with its legal obligations.