Welcome to IMPS-SA
In September 2005, the Institute for Municipal Public Safety of Southern Africa (IMPS-SA) evolved from the Institute for Municipal Law Enforcement of Southern Africa (IMLE) developed in 1999. Clearly, the dawn of IMPS-SA achieved a giant futuristic leap for the broader profession through its development into an institute which now unequivocally stands for all involved in the sphere of public safety in Southern Africa – metropolitan police, city police, municipal policing which includes law enforcement, security, safety and protection within local government. It is in line with government's policy of regional co-operation, and membership is also extended to private security companies effecting contract work for local authorities. IMPS-SA is not a new organisation. Its predecessors, IMLE and POSV, were created to provide for the needs of the time.
IMLE, before IMPS-SA, was born from the Local Authority Security Association of South Africa (POSV) originally established in 1986. POSV is the acronym for Plaaslike Owerheids Sekuriteits Vereniging. IMLE, established August 1999, provided for a drastic change in vision and scope of the institute at that time, in order to deal in a more coherent multifaceted concept of law enforcement and municipal security as it affected local authorities.
AIMSIMPS-SA has as main objectives to:
- establish Municipal Public Safety (City Police, Municipal Law Enforcement and Municipal Security services) within the local sphere of government as a profession in its own right;
- publicise and promote the image of the public safety profession;
- undertake research, convene conferences, symposia and seminars on matters and problems of interest to the members of the Institute, their employers and the public; and
- through recognised academic institutions develop and/or arrange providing of training for the profession.
The National Council consists of 15 members, a moderator, the outgoing president, chairpersons of regional councils and an Adviser on professional and related matters. The adviser is a recognised academic who also manages the institute's research initiatives. National councillors are tasked into various portfolios such as training, editorial & marketing and communication and protocol, etc. Similar structures are deployed within regional councils which manage their own affairs in line with delegations contained in the constitution of the institute.
National councillors elect an executive committee, consisting of 5 members. EXCO determines and manages operational policy of the institute and is supported by a part-time executive officer who manages the affairs of IMPS-SA together with an administrator.
IMPS-SA is a national organisation and National Councillors are elected by and from its members. Elections are held bi-annually. Read more about the Councillors and Administrators
IMPS-SA is a non-profit organisation which depends upon membership fees, conference fees, exhibitions at conferences and sponsorships to finance its activities.
Membership presently fluctuates around 1000, comprising in the main middle to top management in Local Government. IMPS-SA is researching lower fees for the lower ranks which would increase membership up to 30 000.
Advantages of Membership
- the institute negotiates with higher authority for the promotion of the profession and also serves as a platform for contact, discussion and negotiation with a wide variety of instances such as the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), the South African Police Service (SAPS), Research and Academic Institutions, other professional societies and institutes as well as the private security and related industry.
- membership is as inclusive as possible, and is also extended to other functionaries such as health inspectors, building inspectors, fire safety officers and technical personnel appointed as law enforcement officers;
- the institute strives towards cooperation with, and is not in competition with the public safety sister-institutes such as IFE(SA) – Institution of Fire Engineers of South Africa; ILO(SA) – Institute of Licence Officials of Southern Africa; ITMPOSA – Institute of Traffic & Municipal Police Officers of Southern Africa and SAESI – South African Emergency Services Institute.;
- academics are directly involved in national council and contribute fresh managerial approaches in affairs of the institute, enrichment of professional knowledge and skills through research and an exchange of information towards meaningful development of the profession.
- Municipal Policing within the local sphere of government as a profession in its own right is established, the image promoted and publicised
- the institute undertakes research, to convene confer ences, symposia, seminars, forums and to arrange for the provision of lectures and the presentation of papers on matters and problems of interest to the members of the Institute, their employers and the public to stimulate, promote, encourage and facilitate discussion and in general to assemble and distribute in any manner deemed appropriate, information which is useful and of interest;
- the institute prepares and promotes improvements to legislation and municipal administration, to promote or oppose legislation or other measures affecting the Institute or any of its members, and to contribute to the promotion or opposition thereof;
- the institute demarcates and establishes regional councils for the achievement of the Institute's objects and to addresses matters of public safety peculiar to any region.
RECOGNITION BY SOUTH AFRICAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION - SALGA
IMPS-SA is recognised by SALGA and vigorously aligns with SALGA policy which urges professional institutes to:
- form overarching bodies to coordinate their efforts and to meet certain specific objectives;
- facilitate participation of the political will in the professional institutes representing the related local government segments;
- ensure SADC involvement and make every attempt towards attaining membership from other Southern African countries.
Political Will Councillors - municipal councillors aligned with the IMPS-SA objectives are appointed from various regions as national councillors with full voting rights. It is indeed a privilege working as a collective with the municipal political will councillors. It also provides valuable insight of related political thinking.
Benefits associated with following this route include: approval for the payment of fees for conferences, seminars and the like; the granting of special leave and the payment of subsistence and travel costs; assistance with the payment of membership subscriptions; the establishment of working committees that will have access to SALGA and even possibly higher levels; and interaction with SALGA on technical matters, such as the amendment or drafting of legislation.The disbenefits of not following the route proposed by SALGA would be the marginalisation of institutes which exclude themselves.