The South African Police Service application form is a crucial document for those aspiring to join the police force in South Africa. Follow the step-by-step guide below to correctly fill out the SAPS Trainee application form for the 2024/2025 intake.

Remember, SAPS is recruiting 10 000 Trainees and applications are open till the 31st of August 2023.

You may download the official SAPS Trainee application form from the SAPS website or request one from your local police station.

Click here to download the official SAPS Application Form.

Before you get started, please take note of the following:

  1. Black Ink: Ensure you have a black pen to fill out the form, as this is the recommended color.
  2. Attachments: Attach UNCERTIFIED copies of the following documents:
    • Identity Document
    • Driver’s license (if applicable)
    • Senior Certificate / National Senior Certificate / National Certificate (Vocational)
    • Post-school qualification with academic records (Diploma / Degree)
    • Proof of Residence
    • Testimonial letter (from your school, church, or traditional leaders)
    • Service Certificates of previous employers (if applicable)

Filling Out the SAPS Trainee Application Form:

  1. Province & Nearest Police Station: Indicate the province you reside in and the closest police station to your residence.
  2. Personal Information:
    • PERSAL/FORCE Number: If you currently serve in the SAPS, SANDF, or another Public Service Department, provide your PERSAL or FORCE number.
    • Surname & First Names: Clearly write down your full names.
    • Identity Number, Age, Cellphone, Email: Provide your identity number, age, and contact details.
    • Race & Gender: Tick the appropriate box corresponding to your racial background and gender.
    • Physical Address: Write your full home address.
    • Driver’s License: Indicate if you possess a driver’s license, its code, and its expiry date.
  3. Qualifications:
    • Confirm if you possess a Senior Certificate/Grade 12 or National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4. Specify the aggregate/symbol you obtained in English during your Senior Certificate.
    • If you possess an NQF 6 Diploma/Degree (post-school qualification), state it. Specify the type of degree, diploma, or vocational certificate.
  4. General Questions:
    • Answer a series of yes/no questions pertaining to your citizenship, physical or mental disabilities, criminal or departmental offenses, tattoos, previous public service employment, and involvement in outside businesses or conflicts of interest.
    • For some questions, additional details are required, such as specifying the type of disability, detailing a criminal offense, indicating the position of a tattoo, or explaining an outside business or conflict of interest.
  5. Declaration:
    • Read and understand the declaration which encompasses the limitations of available posts, selection processes, and consent for checks and screenings. It also captures the acknowledgment that undergoing the selection processes doesn’t guarantee an appointment.
    • Fill in the date, place, and then affix your signature to authenticate the information you’ve provided.

Final Checks to Successfully Complete SAPS Trainee Application Form

After completing the form, take a moment to review all sections to ensure that:

  • All fields have been filled out correctly and legibly.
  • All required documents have been attached.
  • You’ve signed and dated the form.

Successfully applying to join the South African Police Service is more than just a mere submission of a form; it’s a commitment to serve and protect. As the SAPS gears up to recruit 10,000 trainees for the 2024/2025 intake, it’s crucial that applicants pay close attention to every detail on the form and adhere to the guidelines provided.

By ensuring that every section of the application is correctly and legibly filled out, and by attaching the necessary documentation, you bolster your chances of being a part of this esteemed institution. Remember, meticulousness is key, and each step, from downloading the form to making the final checks, serves as a testament to your dedication. We wish every applicant the best of luck on this commendable journey!