The Campus Safety Support Services (CASSS) and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) have announced a historic and ground-breaking partnership with Tshwane University of Technology towards the establishment of a Research Chair for Public Safety for Institutions of Learning on the African continent.
The announcement was made by Professor Jacob Tseko Mofokeng (who is currently the Head of Safety and Security Management at Tshwane University of Technology) at the Campus Safety Colloquium which was hosted by the Campus Safety Support Services (CASSS) on 27-30 March 2019 at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek in Cape Town.
The TUT Research Chair for Public Safety for Institutions of Learning will make a contribution towards focussed research to find knowledge-based innovative solutions to stem the tide of school and campus crimes and violence on the African continent. Through its extensive local, continental and international academic networks, TUT will be able to attract the best scholars, researchers and emerging researchers to conduct empirical research on the on the root causes of crime and endemic violence in learning communities in Africa.
Meanwhile the Campus Safety Support Services used the Campus Safety Colloquium platform to unveil the newly developed Campus and School Safety and Security Training Initiative (CASSSTI) Program which is being rolled out for the (re)training of security officers deployed at various learning sites across South Africa. A few universities including Tshwane University of Technology have taken the lead towards the (re)training of the insourced and outsourced security officers to become CASSSTI compliant.
Both the TUT Research Chair for Public Safety for Institutions of Learning and the 25 module CASSSTI Program will be publicly launched in partnership with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) at a date to be announced.