SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship 2024-2025: Recruitment of 10 000 Entry Level Police Trainees

About the SAPS (South African Police Service)
In order to prevent and combat anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community, the SAPS (South African Police Service) was established to investigate any crimes that threaten the safety and security of any community, ensure that offenders are brought to justice, and take part in efforts to address the underlying causes of crime.

As part of the Department’s strategic outcome-oriented goals, the department strives to provide police services that guarantees the safety of residents by reducing the number of serious criminal offenses, contact crimes, and trio criminal offenses, increasing activities to prevent and combat border criminal activity, and increasing the percentage of serious criminal offenses, contact crimes, and trio criminal offense cases that are ready for trial.

About the SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship 2024-2025
SAPS (South African Police Service) is offering a traineeship programme for South African applicants looking to obtain INSTITUTION PHASE as a qualified police. The SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship will require you to follow a basic training programme (Phase 1) at a Training Academy as Police Trainee. During this period, you will be entitled to a stipend of R4 500.

If you successfully finish your Basic Training (Phase 1), you may be entitled to an appointment as Constable, and you will be required to participate in a PROBATION PHASE after training in the academies with salary notch R216 033/annum. In addition to this, appointees will receive the applicable service benefits from probation phase.

Successful candidates will serve as Police Trainees on contract.

Core Functions: The core functions of the posts, on successful completion of the training, are as follows:

  • Uphold and enforce the law
  • Maintain public order;
  • Protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property; and
  • Prevent, combat and investigate crime.

Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP)
Selected applicants shall participate in a Basic Police Development Learning Programme (hereafter referred to as the PROGRAMME) for a period of 21 (twenty one) months.

The Programme shall consist of three phases:
1. Induction Phase
One (1) month at a designated police station for Matriculants/Graduates in other specializations & Law Graduates with stipend: R4 500/month

2. Basic Training Phase
Eight (8) months Basic Training at a designated SAPS Academy for Matriculants/Graduates in other specializations. Also Six (6) months for Law Graduates with stipend: R4 500/month

3. 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 undergoing the Workplace Exposure Programme (12 months) with salary notch: R216 033/annum.

If you successfully finish your Basic Training Learning Programme trainees, you may be entitled to an appointment as Constable, and you will be required to participate in a 12-month probation period. However, this is only provided if you show exemplary progress throughout the programme.

During the Basic Training Phase of the Programme the service shall provide free training gear, meals, & accommodation to the police trainee. Trainees will also receive medical aid benefits for the duration of the 21-month Basic Training Learning Programme.

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.

Eligibility Criteria
Candidates interested in the SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship must fulfill an eligibility criteria before proceeding with their applications. Each of these items below will determine whether you have what it takes to proceed with this traineeship. To guarantee a successful application, candidates are advised to meet all of the following requirements. Failure to do so will cause disadvantageous consequences towards the overall result of your applications. Be sure to jot down these items for personal reference.

The SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship Eligibility Criteria are as follows:

  • Have permanent residence in the Republic of South Africa of which documentary proof must be furnished;
  • 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;
  • Must be fluent in at least two of the official languages, with one of those languages having to be English;
  • You must be between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (35) years of age of which documentary proof must be furnished;
  • Have no prior criminal convictions or outstanding criminal cases, and agree to allow his or her fingerprints to be collected and background checks to be conducted on him or her if it is determined that he or she is appropriate for appointment;
  • Not to have any tattoos on their bodies that will be visible and/or incompatible with the goals of the Service;
  • You should prepare to take the oath of office;
  • Completing and passing a physical fitness evaluation is required; and must be Pass a medical examination and demonstrate competency in it;
  • Undergo a psychological examination, as established by the National Commissioner, and be deemed to meet the requirements for the position of police officer;
  • Be prepared to participate in any training that the National Commissioner determines is necessary;
  • You should be prepared to serve and receive training anywhere in the Republic of South Africa.

Application Instructions
Download Application Form: SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship 2024-2025.

It is recommended that you use Google Chrome to get access to the web site mentioned above.

Please fill out the application form with your most relevant responses by typing them into the appropriate areas. All of the personal information you submit should be accurate and correspond to your actual circumstances.

On top of that, you are required to provide the documents below:

  • Identity Document
  • Post school qualification and academic track records (Diploma/Degree)
  • Service Certificates of past employers (if available)
  • Your most updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Your Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate/National Certificate (Vocational)
  • Legitimate Driver’s License (if applicable)
  • Legitimate proof of residence.

All these documents should be included in your application dossier. Incomplete dossiers will automatically be disqualified from the programme.

Once everything is in place, please send in your applications via the methods below based on your province:
1. Western Cape
Postal Address
Provincial Commissioner
South African Police Service
Private Bag X 9004 Cape
Town 8000

Contact Person:
Capt Van Zyl
Lt Col Visser
PO Mahloane

Telephone Numbers:
+27 21 409 6587 / 6579 / 6593

Hand Delivery:
1st Floor, Customs House Building,
Lower Heerengracht Street, Cape Town

2. Eastern Cape
Postal Address
Provincial Commissioner
Recruitment & Staffing
South African Police Service
Private Bag X7471 King
Williams Town 5601

Contact Person:
PPO E Du Randt
PPO Nxitywa
Lt Col Madlingozi

Telephone Numbers:
+27 40 608 7153 /7156 /7157 /7158 /7245 /7248 /7161

Hand Delivery:
Recruitment & Staffing (Re-enlistments),
SAPS Provincial Head Office: Eastern
Cape, Old Griffiths Mxenge Building,
Buffalo Street, Zwelitsha, 5600

3. Northern Cape
Postal Address:
The Provincial Head Human
Resource Management:
Recruitment Office
Private Bag X 5001
Kimberley 8300

Contact Person:
W/O Teise
Lt Col Diamond

Telephone Numbers:
+27 53 8393724 / 8392813 / 8392510

Hand Delivery:
Lewende Hawe Building, 19
George Street (locked silver
container at entrance), Kimberley

4. Free State
Postal Address:
Provincial Commissioner
South African Police Service
Private Bag 20501

Contact Person:
Sgt IF Gailele
Lt Col Jackson

Telephone Numbers:
+27 51 507 6419 / 6807

Hand Delivery:
No 126 Charlotte Maxeke Street,
Metpol Building, 5th floor :Room 518,
Bloemfontein or posted to: PC: Free
State, Personnel Management,
Private Bag X20501, Bloemfontein,
9301 Att: The Recruitment Centre

5. Gauteng
Postal Address:
Provincial Commissioner
South African Police Service
P/Bag X57, Braamfontein,

Contact Person:
Lt Col C Henning
Capt Barnard
Capt Janse van Rensburg

Telephone Numbers:
+27 11 274 7913 / 7423 / 7424

Hand Delivery:
SAPS Provincial Head Office,
Gauteng Province, 16 Empire Road,
Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193

6. Limpopo
Postal Address:
The Provincial Head
Personnel Management
Private Bag X 9428
Polokwane 0700

Contact Person:
PO Mphela
Lt Col Kobe
PO Kola
PPO Manoko

Telephone Numbers:
+27 15 290 6024 / 290 6094

Hand Delivery:
44 Schoeman Street Landbank
Building Polokwane 0700 or posted
to the Provincial Head(as given)

7. North West
Postal Address:
The Provincial
Commissioner South African
Police Service Private Bag
X801 Potchefstroom 2520

Contact Person:
Capt Mpela
Colonel Nel

Telephone Numbers:
+27 18 299 7097/7320

Hand Delivery:
2nd floor Wespol Building: Corner
Nelson Mandela and Peter Mokaba

8. Mpumalanga
Postal Address:
The Provincial Head:
Personnel Management
Recruitment & Staffing:
Private Bag X 11299
Nelspruit, 1200

Contact Person:
Capt NA Nkosi
Lt Col. Todani

Telephone Numbers:
+27 13 762 4810 or 4898/ 4808/ 4811/ 4809/ 4318

Hand Delivery:
The Provincial Office, Recruitment
and Staffing, South African Police
Service, Ehmke Street No. 04,
Nelspruit next to Mlondolozi house.

9. KwaZulu Natal
Postal Address:
l Provincial Commissioner
South African Police Service
P O BOX 1965 Durban

Contact Person:
PO P Moodley
Lt Col S N Zondo
W/O Machaie

Telephone Numbers:
+27 31 325 4808 / 6194/6403

Hand Delivery:
6TH Floor, Servamus Building,
Room 619/620 15 Bram Fischer
Road, Durban or posted to: the
Recruitment Office SA Police
Service, PO BOX 1965,Durban, 4000

The information you provide will be reviewed by the whole selection committee, which will include you. As a result, you should double-check to ensure that there is no fictitious information. If there is any evidence that applicants are giving false information, they may be placed in a hazardous position.

By submitting your applications, you are granting permission to the selection committee to use your personal information for the purpose of registering you for the event.

Candidates are required to submit their applications via the website linked to above. Attempts to submit materials via other means, such as hand delivery or fax, will be rejected by the selection committee.

Closing Date
Applications for the SAPS (South African Police Service) Traineeship must be submitted before the closing date on 31 August 2023.

By enrolling as quickly as possible, you can ensure that your application is secured as soon as possible. However, this does not guarantee instant success and is just intended to provide you with a secure position throughout the recruiting process.

Candidates that submit their applications after the deadline will not be considered by the selection committee. All entries received past the closing date will be immediately rejected, regardless of their content.

Announcements will only be made to shortlisted candidates only. If you do not hear back from the selection committee within 3 months past the closing date, we regret to inform you that you have not been chosen for the programme.

In accordance with the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No 32 of 2007) and the Children’s Act, 2005, candidates who have been shortlisted for appointment to specific defined roles will be subjected to a background check (Act No 38 of 2005). A applicant whose personal information appears on either the National Register of Sexual Offenders or Part B of the Child Protection Register will be rejected from consideration for appointment to the position in question.

SAPS (South African Police Service) has the right to offer or deny employment to anybody at its discretion. The selecting committee’s judgments are final and binding on all parties involved.


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