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SAPS Police Trainees Recruitment 2024/2025

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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).

Post Title: Police Trainee


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Stipend: R4500 per monthSalary notch: R216 033 per annum
In addition to this, appointees will receive the applicable service benefits from probation phase.

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

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:

  •  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


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;
  • Stipend: R4500-00 per month


  • One (1) month at a designated police station;
  • Stipend: R4500-00 per month

#2. Basic Training Phase


  • Eight (8) months Basic Training at a designated SAPS Academy
  • Stipend: R4500-00 per month


  • Six (6) months Basic Training at a designated SAPS Academy
  • Stipend: R4500-00 per 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).
  • Salary notch: R216 033 per annum

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.

SAPS Enlistment Requirements


  • 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;
  • 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.
  • Applicantswillbe 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 (SAPS).
  • 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.


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