10 000 SAPS trainees are needed for 2024/25. If you have always wanted to join the South African Police Service (SAPS) serving the nation, then this is your chance. SAPS has announced the recruitment of 10 000 entry-level police trainees for the 2024/2025 intake. This great initiative seeks patriotic South African citizens eager to protect, serve, and take pride in their commitment to law enforcement.


Post Title: Police Trainee

Duration: 21 months

Closing Date: 31 August 2023


  • During Institutional Phase (Training): Stipend of R4500 per month
  • Probation Phase: Salary of R216,033 per annum
  • Appointees will receive additional service benefits during the probation phase.

SAPS Trainees Role and Responsibilities

Upon successful completion of training, the core functions of a police trainee include:

  • Crime prevention, combat, and investigation.
  • Maintenance of public order.
  • Protection and security of the Republic’s inhabitants and their property.
  • Upholding and enforcing the law.

Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP)

Trainees will undergo a comprehensive 21-month Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP) comprising:

  1. Induction Phase: One month at a designated police station.
  2. Basic Training Phase: Duration varies between six and eight months depending on educational qualifications, conducted at a SAPS Academy.
  3. Probation Phase: 12 months of Workplace Exposure Programme upon successful completion of the first two phases.

Free training gear, meals, accommodation, and medical aid benefits are provided during the Basic Training Phase. Successful completion of the BPDLP qualifies trainees for consideration for permanent SAPS membership at the Constable rank.

Who Qualifies to Apply for SAPS Trainees 2024/25

To be eligible for the job opening, applicants must:

  • Be a permanent resident of South Africa.
  • Possess a Grade 12 school certificate or equivalent qualification.
  • Be proficient in English and at least one other official language.
  • Be aged between 18 and 35.
  • Have no previous criminal convictions.
  • Not have visible tattoos when in uniform.
  • Be physically and mentally fit for service.
  • Undergo required medical, psychological, and fitness assessments.
  • Be prepared to serve anywhere in South Africa.

SAPS Trainees Selection Process

The rigorous selection process includes fitness, psychometric, and integrity testing, medical evaluations, and personal interviews. Qualifications, citizenship, and residential addresses will be verified. Additionally, a thorough background check, including security screening and fingerprint verification, will be conducted.

Application Process

Prospective candidates can obtain the official application form from any Police Station, SAPS Recruitment offices, or download it from the SAPS Website. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2023.

All required documents, including identification, qualifications, and driver’s licenses where applicable, should be attached as uncertified copies.

Important Notes

  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • SAPS is under no obligation to appoint any applicant.
  • Applications can be hand-delivered to the nearest police station, details for which are provided per province in the Application Form.
  • Failure to adhere to instructions or meet the outlined requirements could lead to the rejection of an application.

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This recruitment drive is an excellent opportunity for patriotic South Africans to join a prestigious organization, serve their country, and make a real difference in the lives of its citizens.