How to get a job as a Police Officer?

Provincial Administration South African Police Service-Eastern Cape

If you have been wondering on how to get a job as a Police Officer, then look no further. The South African Police Service provides various careers of opportunities for individuals which are residents of South Africa, either as Police Officials or Civilian employees. Members of the SAPS workforce are employed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995). The main function of most Police Officers to prevent, combat and investigate all forms of crime, with others carrying out support functions essential to the running of SAPS as a department.

How to become a Police Officer?

In order to become a police officer with SAPS or participate in any of their internships, individuals must adhere under the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa.
  • Be at least 18 years old and below the age of 30.
  • With a valid driver’s license.
  • With no criminal record.
  • Able to communicate in English and another South African official language.
  • Be in possession of a Matric Certificate.
  • Undergo a psychological assessment.
  • Be prepared to take an oath of office.
  • Prepared to undergo training.
  • Allow fingerprints to be taken.
  • Prepared to have a background check.
  • Prepared to serve anywhere in South Africa.

Where to apply to become a Police Officer with SAPS

When applying for a post at SAPS, you will be required to download the application form released on the SAPS website and obtainable from your nearest SAPS office.

After downloading the application form, one will be required to fill it out, truthfully and honestly. Submissions of the application form can be made at different locations based on where you are geographically, you can approach your nearest SAPS police station for more information.

Police are expected to undergo the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP) upon becoming a successful candidate. Memorandum of Agreement is entered into between by SAPS and the police recruit candidate for a contract period of 2 years. The recruit will be a police trainee and will undergo the Basic Police Development Learning Programme.

The 24 months will be broken down as follows:

Phase 1

  • Duration :10 months.
  • Location: SAPS Academy.
  • Duties: Training.
  • Renumeration: R3 1750,00 per month (Meals, Accommodation, Medical aid (POLMED – lower plan membership) included, pension fund excluded).

Phase 2 and 3:

  • Duration :12 months.
  • Location: SAPS workplace.
  • Duties: Workplace station duties and integrated assignment at Academy.
  • Renumeration: R7 2750,00 per month (Medical aid (POLMED – lower or higher plan membership), pension fund and all benefits included).
  • Once training has been completed, individuals will receive permanent appointment with a package of R10 307.00 per month and all benefits given to SAPS officials according to the SAPS Act.

Internships available

SAPS currently have internship vacancies open to all unemployed South African citizens with the latest closing on the 05th of November 2021. You may use the following application form and submit with the required documentation to the relevant place.

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