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Bernadine Benson

Associate Professor: Police Practice, University of South Africa

I was a police officer for 19 years before joining Academe in 2007.
I hold a B Tech Policing and an M Tech Policing degree (both cum laude) at the Tshwane University of Technology and a DLitt et Phil at the University of South Africa.
My research interests span the following topics: Policing and crime/forensic investigations, Ethics and policing, Police corruption, Crimes against natural and cultural heritage, Online teaching (ODL/ODeL).
I was awarded the Excellence In Tuition Award in 2017 for Student Support and I am presently a grant holder for ODL research, together with a project team of 8 fellow-researchers.
I was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Police Practice from 2017 - 2020, after which time I returned to my first love: Tuition.
My time and energy are spent on tuition and the empowerment of my undergraduate, and postgraduate students.


  • 2007–present
    Associate professor, University of South Africa
  • 1988–2007
    Police Officer, South African Police Service


  • 2013 
    University of South Africa, DLitt et Phil
  • 2006 
    Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), M Tech Policing (cum laude)
  • 2002 
    Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), B Tech Policing (cum laude)


  • 2015
    Forensic investigation of crime, irregularities and transgressions, Chapter 1: co-author