What is the extent and nature of the problem in South Africa? What are its causes and what should be done to curtail it? Are police managers clear about what they have to do to combat and prevent corruption? This document will discuss and attempt to answer these questions. The first section examines the indicators most commonly used to assess the extent and nature of the problem as a way of highlighting the situation in South Africa and looks to underline a strategic approach to combating corruption in the police is presented.