SAPS recruitment drive


The South African Police Service (SAPS) has embarked on a nationwide recruitment process to bolster crime fighting efforts.

This year SAPS management seeks to attract young men and women between18 and 30 for the 2019/2020 Basic Police Learning Development Programme (BLDP) intake.

Prospective applicants need a Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate or National Certificate (Vocational). Those with post matric qualifications and no criminal records or pending criminal cases are encouraged to apply.

“Those who previously served in a government department and were dismissed due to misconduct are discouraged from applying,” SAPS said.

To ensure SAPS enlists disciplined, upright and passionate candidates, only the right candidates will be enlisted.

“All applicants will be subjected to fitness, psychometric and integrity testing as well as medical evaluations during the recruitment, selection and enlistment process. Vetting and fingerprint verifications will also be conducted.

“Successful trainees will be subjected to continuous security and fitness screening, including continuous verification of criminal profile as well as medical and physical fitness (inclusive of drug/substance abuse testing),” said SAPS.

During the training phase, trainees will receive a R4 500 stipend.

Deputy National Commissioner: Human Resources Management, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya, said SAPS is seeking women recruits ready to take up the oath of office to serve and protect the people of South Africa.

“We encourage all youth from all walks of life to join the service and contribute to a safe and secure South Africa. To ensure we attract the right people to the service, we have a rigorous and thorough recruitment process that includes psychometric, fitness and integrity testing.
“Successful applicants will add to the existing workforce capacity at stations to ensure the people of South Africa are and feel safe. We wish applicants all the best in their endeavours to join the service. We look forward to welcoming upright, disciplined and accountable individuals ready to serve the nation,” said Mgwenya.

Successful applicants will be trained at any SAPS Academy in South Africa and will be placed at any police station/unit in South Africa on completion of training.

Recruitment will be done for two streams.

Applicants in possession of a Senior Certificate / National Senior Certificate / National Certificate (Vocational); applicants who successfully completed the Military Skills Development Programme with the SA National Defence Force; Successful applicants in Stream 1 will undergo a 21 month three phase training programme: Induction Phase – a month at a designated police station; Basic Training – eight months at a designated SAPS Academy; Probation – on successful completion of the induction and basic training phases, the police trainee will be appointed as a member of the Service under probation for 12 months.


Applicants who completed a three year National Diploma / Degree recorded on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) on at least a NQF 6 or higher level in Law / Policing / Criminology / Law Enforcement / Forensic Investigation.

Applications close on 15 October and the Service will not receive applications after the closing date.

If applicants have not heard or received official correspondence from SAPS within three months of the closing date, applicants should consider their application unsuccessful.