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South African Police Service (SAPS) is hiring and invites unemployed youth to apply for Police Trainees Positions: Apply with Grade 12.

Closing date: 31 August 2023

Location: All Provinces, South Africa

SAPS is hiring Police Trainees: Apply with Grade 12

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is embarking on the recruitment of patriotic citizens who are
willing to protect and proud to serve the country by pursuing a career as entry Police Trainees for
enlistment in the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP).

During the Basic Training Phase of the PROGRAMME the Service shall provide free training gear, meals
and accommodation to the police trainee.

Trainees will also receive medical aid benefits for the duration of the 21-month Basic Training Learning
Programme. Upon successful completion of the Basic Training Learning Programme trainees will be
considered for permanent appointment as members of the SAPS at the rank of Constable.

Placement: Successful candidates will be trained at any SAPS Academy in South Africa and will be
placed at any Police Station / Unit in South Africa after completion of the Institution Phase.

INSTITUTION PHASE (BASIC TRAINING IN THE ACADEMIES) Stipend: R4500 per month. PROBATION PHASE (AFTER TRAINING IN THE ACADEMIES) Salary notch: R216 033 per annum. In addition to this, appointees will receive the applicable service benefits from probation phase.


  • Have permanent residence in the Republic of South Africa of which documentary proof must be
  • Be in possession of a grade 12 school certificate or equivalent qualification of which documentary proof must be furnished;
  • A valid driving license for at least a light motor vehicle will serve as an advantage;
  • Be proficient in at least English and one other official language;
  • Be at least eighteen (18) and under thirty-five (35) years of age of which documentary proof must be furnished;
  • Have no previous criminal convictions and shall allow his or her fingerprints to be taken and background enquiries to be made.
  • Not have any tattoo marks of which will be visible when wearing any uniform of the Service;
  • Be prepared to take the oath of office;
  • Submit himself or herself to a physical medical examination as determined by the National
  • Commissioner; and must be found to be physically and mentally fit for appointment in the post for which he or she applies;
  • Undergo and pass a psychological assessment as determined by the National Commissioner and be found to comply with the profile of a police official;
  • Be prepared to successfully undergo such training as determined by the National Commissioner;
  • Be prepared to serve anywhere in the Republic of South Africa.

    • All applicants will be subjected to a fitness, psychometric and integrity testing as well as medical
      evaluation and will be interviewed during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process. The
      SAPS will also verify the qualifications, drivers’ licence, where applicable, citizenship and
      residential address of each applicant.
    • Applicants will be subjected to a vetting process which will include security screening, reference
      checking, and fingerprint verification to establish whether any illicit activity has been recorded or is
      pending against candidates.

      Applicants who previously served in a Government Department and who were dismissed as a
      result of misconduct will not be considered for appointment in the South African Police Service
    • In view of the physical demands of the Basic Police Development Learning Programme, applicants
      with chronic diseases, physical impairments or any other health condition that may lead to
      interruption of the training programme, may be excluded from participation in the programme.

    Should applicants fail to disclose any health condition it may result in their withdrawal from the
    programme on the determination thereof.


    • Interested applicants should submit their applications on the official application form, which can be
      obtained free of charge from any Police Station / SAPS Recruitment offices or downloaded from
      the SAPS Website ( The Z83 previously utilized will no longer be
    • All instructions on the application form must be adhered to, failure to do so may result in the
      rejection of the application. Applications must be hand delivered timeously at the local Police
      Stations during office hours. Contact details for the relevant Provinces will be published on the
      website. Late applications will not be accepted or considered.
    • Attached uncertified copies of the following documents to your application form:
      o Identity Document;
      o Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification;
      o Tertiary Qualifications;
      o Academic Record;
      o Driver’s license (where applicable);
      o Testimonial (School / Church / Traditional Leaders)
      o Service Certificates of previous employers (if applicable)
    • How to apply

      Applications can be hand delivered at the nearest Police Station.

      Download and complete the Application Form on SAPS website by clicking here.

      • Applicants to undergo and pass a medical examination (Body Mass Index of ≤ than 30 / Waist
        circumference ≤ 102 cm (males) and ≤ 88 cm (females))
      • If an applicant is short-listed, it can be expected of him/her to undergo a personal interview.

      SAPS is hiring Police Trainees: Apply with Grade 12

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