SAPS Police Development Learning Programme 2017


The South African Police Service invites applications from all races and gender for enlistment in the Basic Police Development Learning Programme from young, energetic, intelligent, physically and mentally fit individuals, dedicated to serving their country by pursuing career in policing.

Basic Enlistment Requirements

Young South African men and women who apply to be appointed as a member in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995) must:

Apply on the form determined by the National Commissioner and affirm under oath or by way of solemn declaration that the particulars furnished in the application, are the truth and correct ? Be a South African citizen of which documentary proof must be furnished ? Be at least eighteen (18) and under thirty (30) years of age of which documentary proof must be furnished ? Be in a possession of a Grade 12 school certificate or National Certificate (Vocational) Safety in Society of which documentary proof must be furnished (2014 Matriculants are welcome to apply and before enlistment proof of successful completion of Grade 12 (Senior Certificate) must be submitted. As an interima arrangement, kindly submit proof of last school report ?  Submit himself / 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 / she applies ?  Undergo a psychological assessment as determined by the National Commissioner and be found to comply with the profile of a police official  ?  Be proficient in at least two (2) of the official languages, of which one (1) must be English ?  Be prepared to take the oath of office ? Be prepared to undergo such training as determined by the National Commissioner ? Not have any tattoo marks of which will be visible when wearing a vest, shirt or shorts and not be irreconcilable with the objectives of the Service ?  Have no previous criminal convictions, and / or pending criminal, civil, disciplinary cases and such person will allow his or her fingerprints to be taken and allow background checks to be made ? Not have been declared unfit to possess a firearm ?  Be prepared to serve anywhere in the Republic ? Preference will be given to applicants who are in possession of at least a light vehicle driver’s licence. Body Mass Index of less than 30 / waist circumference ? 102 cm (males) and ? 88 cm (females). All applicants will be subjected to fitness, psychometric and medical evaluation and will be interviewed during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process. The SAPS will also verify the criminal record, qualifications, driver’s licence, citizenship and residential address of each applicant.

Applicants will be subjected to a vetting process which will include security screening and fingerprint verification.

Applicants who previously served in a Government Department and who were dismissed as a result of misconduct are excluded.

Applicants will undergo a Final Selection Phase (“Grooming Phase”) at a venue and period as determined by the National Commissioner, to select the successful applicants.

In the 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 interruptions of the training programme will be excluded from participation in the programme. Such applicants’ failure to disclose the conditions will result in their withdrawal from the programme on the determination thereof. In accordance with the SAPS Dress Order, applicants who have visible tattoos when wearing uniform will be excluded.

Basic Police Development learning Programme

Selected applicants will participate in a Basic Development Learning Programme (hereafter as the Programme) for a period of twenty four 24 months. The programme will consist of three phases:

  • Academy Phase
    ten (10) months training a 3 designated SAPS Academy;
  • Field Police Development Phase
    Twelve (12) months training a designated Field Police Development police station
  • Integrated Assessment Phase
    Two (2) months assessment a designated SAF Academy

During the Academy pe of the Program, the service will provide free training gear, meals and accommodation to the police trainee. During the Field Police Development Phase of the programme, the police trainee responsible for his / her own meals accommodation.

Trainees will also will also receive medical aid benefits for the duration of the Twenty four (24.) month Basic Training Learning Programme. Upon successful completion Basic Training Learning Programme trainees will be considered for permanent appointment a members of the SAPS. Remuneration (on completion of the training period) will be on first notch of Band A (currently R132 840 pa). In addition to this,  appointees will receive the applicable service benefits.

Core Functions

Successful candidates e as functional police officials. As such, they will be

employed to a or more of the following functions: prevent, combat and investigate crime ? Maintain public order ? Protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property ? Uphold and enforce the law.


How To Apply

Complete an application form form in your own writing. These application forms can be obtained from your nearest SAPS Recruitment Office or HR Office at local Police Station as well as SAPS website. Applicants must take note of the fact that application forms and employment are not for sale and any payment offered by an applicant or promises provided in this regard will be investigated and may lead to criminal prosecution. Applicants may report such incidents to the National Anti-corruption Line at 0800 701 701. Specify the post which your are applying for. Make sure you have signed your application form in front of the Commissioner of Oath.

Attach certified copies of your: ID ? Driver’s licence ? Matric / Senior Certificate (Grade 12 or equivalent qualification) ? Additional qualifications ? Proof of residence.

Applicants who are subjected to the psychometric assessment and fit the profile will be requested, when undergoing the fitness assessment, to submit four (4) colour ID photographs, of which one (1) will be used for the application form, one (1)  for medical assessment, one (1) for fitness assessment, one (1) for the interview form and one (1) for medical assessment.

You are advised to apply for the posts within your province, close to your nearest place of residence. You are only allowed to apply for a maximum of three (3) posts. Additional applications will be rejected.

Application forms must be hand delivered to the following recruitment centres:

Durban Central: SAPS Durban Central, 282 Stalwart Simelane Street, Durban, for attention: Capt SG Chetty, tel: 031 325 4442

Umlazi: SAPS Umlazi, V1295 Number 1, Prince Mcwayizeni Road, Umlazi, for attention: W / Officer B. Pillay, tel: 031 908 0080

Empangeni: 46 Old Main Road, Empangeni, for attention: Mrs Majola, tel: 031 901 5816

Port Shepston: SAPS Port Shepstone. Lot 341 Court Houses Road, Port Shepstone, for attention: W / Officer Moonsamy, tel: 039 688 1114

Pietermaritzburg: SAPS – Pietermaritzburg, 145 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, for attention, SAC M van Zenten, tel: 033 845 2450

Kodstad: SAPS Kodstad, 65 Main Street, Kodstad, for attention: Capt Theron, tel: 039 797 1121

Ladysmith: SAPS Ladysmith, 36 King Street, for attention: Capt Sithole, tel: 036 638 3313

Newcastle: SAPS Newcastle, 76 Allen Street, Newcastle, for attention: Capt van Niekerk, tel: 034 314 6134

Dundee: SAPS Dundee, 75 Gladstone Street, for attention: Capt Botha, tel: 034 299 9756 / 9775

Jozini: SAPS Jozini, Jozini, Main Road, 356 Nsinde Street, for attention: Capt Myeni, tel: 035 572 36 43

Ulundi: Office No 8, Block 15, Unit A, No 8 Wombe Street, Ulundi, for attention: Lt Masondo, tel: 035 874 0240

Enquiries: Provincial Head – KZN, Lt Colonel K Govender / PPO M Parsaramen / SPO SV Nkosi, tel: 031 325 4808 / 6194 / 6196

Correspondence will be conducted with successful candidates only.

If you do not receive feedback from the SAPS within three (3) months of the closing date, please regard your application as unsuccessful

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