South African Police Service



The South African Police Service (SAPS) is recruiting entry level Police Trainees and invites applications from young, energetic, intelligent, physically and mentally fit people all races and gender who are dedicated to serving their country by pursuing a career in policing for enlistment in the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP)

Closing Date: 30 June 2022

Post title: Police Trainee




Stipend: R4500 per month



Salary notch: R186 483 per annum

Act of Appointment: SAPS Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995)

Successful candidates will serve as Police Trainees on contract.

Core Functions: After successful completion of the Training Programme, Trainees will be deployed to carry out one 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 and
  • *Uphold and enforce the law

The PROGRAMME shall consist of the three phases:

– Induction PHASE

One (1) month at a designated police station

Basic Training PHASE

Eight (8) months Basic Training at a designated SAPS Academy (with practical training at a designated police station;

Probation PHASE

After successful completion of the Induction and the Basic Training Phases, the police Trainee shall be appointed as a member of the Service under probation (12 months) During the Basic Training Phase of the PROGRAMME the Service shall provide free training gear, meals and accommodation to the police Trainee.

Trainee will also receive medical aid benefits for the duration of the 21-months Basic Training Learning

Programme. Upon successful completion of the Basic Training Learning Programme trainees will be considered for permanent appointment of the SAPS.

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.


Applicants must:

  • •Be a South African Citizen
  • •Be in possession of a Senior Certificate / National Certificate (Vocational – Safety in Society) of which documentary proof must be furnished.
  • •Be proficient in at least English and one other official language
  • •Between eighteen (18) and under thirty (30) years of age (on the closing date of advertisement).
  • Have no previous criminal convictions and shall allow his or her fingerprints to be taken and background enquiries to be made.
  • •Not have any tattoos marks of which will be visible
  • and irreconcilable with the objectives of the Service
  • •Be prepared to take the oath of office.
  • •Undergo and pass a medical examination (Body Mass Index of less than 30 / Waist circumference <102 cm (males) and <88 cm (females)
  • •Complete and pass a physical fitness assessment
  • •Be prepared to successful undergo such training as determined by the National Commissioner
  • •Be prepared to serve and be trained anywhere in the Republic of South Africa

Closing Date: 30 June 2022


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