As a former NZ Police sergeant, I know firsthand how police fatalities shape one's behaviour. The recent shooting of two officers in Auckland cuts to the heart of NZ's trust-based policing policies.
While the unacceptably high rate of police murders in South Africa attracts much media coverage, the bigger problem of suicide among police receives little focus.
Police brutality is an ongoing problem in South Africa. Police-worn body cameras may help reduce such incidents by improving accountability. They may also contribute to the safety of officers.
South African police are murdered at a high rate, making funerals and memorial services all too common. What happens and gets said at these services can help us understand aspects of police culture.