Entry-level Police Trainees

Entry-level Police Trainees

Location: All Provinces

Closing date: 30 June 2022

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is recruiting entry-level Police Trainees and invites applications from young, energetic, intelligent, physically and mentally fit persons of 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).

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.


Successful candidates will serve as Police Trainees on contract.

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;
  • Uphold and enforce the law

The Programme shall consist of three phases:

  • Induction Phase: One (1) month at a designated police station;
  • Basic Training Phase: Eight (8) months of 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).


  • Be a South African Citizen
  • Be in possession of Grade 12 / Senior Certificate (of which documentary proof must be furnished).
  • Be proficient in at least English and one other official language
  • Be between 18 and 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
  • Not have any tattoo marks of which will be visible and irreconcilable with the objectives of the Service
  • Be prepared to take the oath
  • Body mass index of less than 30 (cirumference of < = 102 cm (males) and <= 88 cm (females))
  • Undergo and pass a medical examination
  • Complete and pass a physical fitness
  • Undergo and pass a Psychological and Integrity 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 and be trained anywhere in the Republic of South Africa

The following will be an added advantage:

  • An aggregate of “4′ and above in English in the final Grade12 / Senior Certificate examination
  • A fully completed three (3) year National Diploma / Degree (at least an NQF 6 or higher value).
  • At least a valid vehicle driver’s licence.

Please note: 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).



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