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  • Police Officer Training

    As you can imagine, not everyone gets through the training that is required in order to become a police officer with the South African Police Service (SAPS). If you apply to join the police and you are accepted onto the police officer training course, you can expect to undergo a rigorous training program. This is designed to ensure you will have all the skills and abilities required to become an outstanding and knowledgeable police officer.

    Here we discover more about what you should expect from the training program.

    How long does the police officer training last?

    Police officer training in South Africa covers both theory and practical studies. Thus you will spend the same amount of time on each area – approximately six months in each case. You will join the training course at one of the special colleges set up specifically to train South African police officers before embarking on their careers. There are six colleges in all, including one in Pretoria and one in Chatsworth.

    What happens if you successfully get through this initial six months’ worth of training?

    The next stage is to become a student constable. Constable is the lowest rank – the entry rank, if you will – in the South African Police Service. The title of student constable indicates you are still in training. You have completed your initial training but now you will get experience in dealing with the public. This occurs by taking a position in a community service centre. You will be in uniform and perform an important role, but it is not the same as being a traditional and fully qualified constable.

    The community centre work lasts for three months, after which you will spend the next three months working outside in other areas.

    So after six months of training in a college and six months of being a student constable, what happens next?

    By this time you will have completed a year’s worth of training. Now you have another twelve months of training as part of the actual police service. You will be almost a fully fledged constable by this point, as you will be dealing with all kinds of situations and experiences as a police officer.

    It is important to note that this twelve month period is the point at which you will put your classroom training into action in the job itself. But it will only be upon successfully completing these twelve months on the job that you will be properly appointed as a member of the South African Police Service.

    As you can see, the training process is well thought through and enables you to tackle it in three distinct stages. Each stage is important in its own way and requires you to learn everything about being a police officer in South Africa. As you can imagine, the whole process is very in depth and really puts your skills and abilities to the test. There is a lot to learn and you will find it challenging to say the least. But if you complete the training successfully, you can embark on a highly rewarding career.

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    • geriad says:
      May 30, 2013

      I’ve always wanted to be a cop mayb ther is some high power that can help me I’m 24 a route inspector code 10 lic fire fyting level 2 first aider level 3 defensive driving that’s the course I’ve done but hav standard 9 pls help

    • lungelo mbeje says:
      June 19, 2013

      Dear sir/madam my name is lungelo mbeje, I am a male of 23 years of age, I was born in port shepstone but I’m currently in durban living with my aunt, I have dreamed about becoming police officer since I finished my grade 12 in mangquzuka high school in port shepstone I have been applying throuhgh posts but I don’t get through it been something I have wanted since my area has crime, I still wish to become a police officer one day I can do the six months training I don’t mind I have strenght I’m stronger I know my self I’ve been doing karate back home and went to gym a bit I wish to get in the industry I need help thank you.

    • Mary Anne Christelene Van willen says:
      June 19, 2013

      Hi…I just want to know how to find out if an application form is received?…I already applied but have not received a reply…any help please?….I would also appreciate a closing date for applications for 2013,would realy like to try again.Thanks.

    • Mangamelana Ntombi says:
      June 22, 2013

      I would like to know when is the next Recruitment. I want to serve my country with pride & Joy

    • Wayne Jacobs says:
      June 24, 2013

      I am a 33 year old male with matric but without a drivers licence and I reali want to become a South African Police Officer . Please let me know if I can stil apply for the job and how I can apply please . Yours Wayne Jacobs

    • Gideon Maleswena says:
      June 28, 2013

      I would reali like 2 knw where can i take my cv to become an officer of the law

    • Joseph says:
      June 30, 2013

      Hi.M interested in becoming a police.so which the institution i can register with?when can i register?

    • kgothatso says:
      July 4, 2013

      I’m a male of 20 years old have a C1 S.A license and also have a matric.I’m from pretoria medical fitness.and I want to train for police.where and when can I get the forms.?

    • dumako lukholo says:
      July 18, 2013

      I would like an application form for training towards becoming a Police Officer or help as to how to get one.

    • Obakeng says:
      July 21, 2013

      Am obakeng only 17 and doing grade 9,Just wanted to findout am I able to go for training soon as am 18 or should I first finish Grade 12 to attend the training?

    • Joseph says:
      August 1, 2013

      Dear sir/madam:Please help me.I really want to become a police.so what can i do?and when can i register?

    • katlego ntlathi says:
      August 1, 2013

      m 21 years old n i would like to be one of the police officer…i like helping my commutiny i have being one of the project sterring commity(psc
      ) in some of the project in my community…where should i live my cv n get the training.

    • nthinya says:
      August 2, 2013

      Hi I’m 21 years girl I really wanna become police officer so let me know when the forms are out for recuitment

    • Buntu Mbeki says:
      August 7, 2013

      i would like to be a cop i”m 20 years old, i’m doing grade 12 this year,so where can i find application form i have C1 licence?

    • khensani says:
      August 8, 2013

      hy i’m mr makamu khensani i’m 21 years old & i’d like to have application forms for policing.THANK YOU

    • Setoile Mnyamezeli says:
      August 11, 2013

      Dear Sir / Madam

      I am Setoile Mnyamezeli a 20 year old guy from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape . I grew up telling myself that one day I will become a Police Officer of South Africa , then I’m willing to do anything that could lead me to get the job of my dreams .

      I wish my application letter will be taken to consideration .

    • jannie farao says:
      August 12, 2013

      Hi there my name is Jannie. How many % must i have to past a police test,let me know,

    • Eulender says:
      August 12, 2013

      good day.my boyfriend is 30,has a code 14 lice and grade 11.does he qualify to be a cop?please send me the applications if he qualifies.looking forward to ur response.Regards:Eulender

    • Monray Dietrich says:
      August 14, 2013

      I would like to serve my country like my father did,please tel me how I need to process it and let me know when the closing date for appliction for next year is please. Is there any plications availeble, please let me know?????!!!!

    • Monray Dietrich says:
      August 14, 2013

      I want to become one of the best officers.

    • Hindry Johannes Jenneke says:
      August 17, 2013

      Hello my name is Hindry I am matric this year and I will love to become a police officer

    • Mathevani louis joe says:
      August 19, 2013

      I have completed my National Certificate in Policing .it contains of theory and practicals .but i want to learn more because ido not have much needed information on how to apply a job.it was my dream and desire to be a public servant combating crime.

    • teffo says:
      August 22, 2013

      hi i am 33, have llb degree, served articles and i am admitted as an attorney. please advise if i qualify to join the force.

    • Luthando Poni says:
      August 27, 2013

      Hi.im currently working as a security officer. I only have E,D & C Security course with no grade 12 (i have grade 11). I would like know if i do qualify to do the training. Im 25 years.

    • August 30, 2013

      Am 20 years old and i have a matric cetificate my dream is ro become a police officer so i dont know wher to start please help me

    • Sello Mphahlele says:
      August 31, 2013

      Im 25, a police student and im looking for an internship or part time post. Im also a part time security officer with a learners.

    • September 5, 2013

      hi my name is shabalala sonti n i’m 26 years of age i hv matric n code 10 license i would like to knw when applications forms will be available

    • mzamo njomi says:
      September 10, 2013

      Hi there my name is mzamo njomi, 28 years old, I’m currently staying in pretoria, I’ve been applying to become a cop since I was 22 years but no lucky And I have all the minimum requiment matric, C1 drivers license,physical fit and health please help!!!

    • Kesentseng Chris Mosaka says:
      September 10, 2013

      Dear Ma’m/Sir I am now a 16 year old boy in Grade11, im a qualified gymnastic trainer, a muscle builder and im also a qualified music producer but being a policeman is my dream. .Just want to know how and where to apply??

    • ronald nyathi says:
      September 13, 2013

      Good day my name is ronald nyathi,I have completed my matric on 2006 I would like to see my self wearing that blue unifom and I’m from nkowankowa outside tzaneen my nearest police station is letsitele please can you send me application form and I don’t mind to start as a reseverst.Please help me I realy need that job and now I’m 26 years. I want to serve my country with pride

    • emission says:
      September 16, 2013

      Hey my name is emmy I’m 28 yrs of age and I would to become a police woman how do I go about. I have a code 10 drivers licenses and a metric certificate.

    • carnel mtiba says:
      September 18, 2013

      i’m 26 years old from klerksdorp..i’m realy interested in this training..i have matric and valid code10 driver’s licence..plz help me this my dream to protect my community as a cop.

    • simon says:
      September 20, 2013

      I am 35 years old and I what to become a police officer and my problem is that I was in matric but I did not complete it. So pls help me what must I do??

    • maswanganhe neo says:
      September 21, 2013

      hi..lm neo and lm doing matric this year,my dream is to became a police offer,l live in rustenburg,and lm realy willing to take all the challeges that l will be faceing as a police offer,l havnt apply yet.

    • Wilson says:
      September 21, 2013

      Does one qualify for a training even if he dont have a driving licence

    • deidre says:
      September 23, 2013

      I’m 31 years old busy doing my matric I would love to join the force can u please let me know what I must do

    • Stephan says:
      September 25, 2013

      I am a Sergeant in the South African Police Service with 12 years service. I would like to know if there is a position in the Loss Adjustor, Assessor, Fraud / Forensic Investigator, especially in the insurance industry. I have investigative experience and circulation and task team recovery experience. For those who require SAPS forms, it is obtainable at your nearest SAPS HRM Office.

    • Thembalethu says:
      September 26, 2013

      I’m a young South African male I wanna join in the police can you please help I have matric driving licence

    • Andre says:
      September 28, 2013

      Hi I’m Andre from petersburg. Currently doing grade 12. I just want 2 know when the application forms will come out. I have called the department before but they still don’t have any application forms. Please help!!!!

    • George Jaer says:
      September 30, 2013

      Hi im george living in aberdeen 55km from graaff-reinet,31years old,C1 drivers licence,matriculated 1999.like 2 b a cop just wanna find out when new applications 4 recruitments for 2014 starts.

    • siphiwe mohlokonya says:
      October 3, 2013

      I would like to b a police officer am 24yrs old I have grade 12 and have a licence currently in Johannesburg

    • Thandanani says:
      October 3, 2013

      I have failed my matric and I want to become a police officer,what do I need to have?I can always volonteer.

    • siviwe says:
      October 10, 2013

      im 23 yr old guy i hv matric bt no drivers licens i wana knw if ts possible 4 me 2b a police officer n hw 2 apply m in cape town

    • Pfano says:
      October 13, 2013

      I want to join SAPS I started to apply SAPS post since i was 18 yrs i didn’t get any respond on my applications i do have matric & C1 drivers licence. My goal is 2 be a police officer and fight against crime

    • themba says:
      October 15, 2013

      Is it possible to join the training without having a drivers lic and how can. I register to be an saps

    • Marcus Taba says:
      October 15, 2013

      I’m 20 years old with a grade 12 in maths and science,drivers licence code C1 and N2 technical trade certificate and currently registered with UNISA doing Bsc in applied maths and chemistry as majors.I am very pasionate about being a police officer because I have ability it takes to perform a job effectively and also good in team work.I will appreciate if I can contacted as soon as possible to come and serve training.

    • lwando tshawe says:
      October 17, 2013

      Dear sir/madam

      I am lwando tshawe from cape town I am 20 years old I am intrsted in becoming a police officcer in south africa….I am young,fresh and very healthy & wuld love to contribute on stoping crime on our country.
      I just want to know can I become a police officer without a drivers licence & if do have a drivers licennce & I have passed all the trainings required how long will it take for me to b on the filled & become permanent?

    • motsamai tsotetsi says:
      October 21, 2013

      hi,im 23 yrz old & i wud lyk to go for trainning officer,iv only matric certificate,if am qualified wth only matric certificate please i wud lyk to hear from you.

    • phumzile says:
      October 22, 2013

      I want to become a police officer I only have matric, driver’s licence and am 24 years now please help me there’s lot of crime in South Africa help police together we can help crime.

    • musa bila says:
      October 23, 2013

      dear sir/madam

      im musa bila from germiston, i have passed my matric,i want to build my carrer by working @ ur department as a police officer, so im asking u ti forward an application form for police officer to my email address plz help, im looking forward to riceive ur answer
      thank you

    • danisile skhosana says:
      October 23, 2013

      i really want to became a police officer,always.i only passed 3 subject when i was in grade 12(matric).can i still apply?
      please help!

    • emma says:
      October 24, 2013

      i’ve heard about the application forms are out dis week so I just want to know where can we get them?

    • Victoria says:
      October 24, 2013

      I want to be part of SAPS and I’m 33 years, I have a Learners code 10, how can I join please I need help.

    • Maxwell Nkosi says:
      October 24, 2013

      Hi im 27 years old and interested in being a member of South Afican Police Service.

      Kind Regards.

    • Joseph says:
      October 26, 2013

      I really want 2 b a police but i dont have a licence.can i apply without it?n when can i register?

    • NOSIPHIWO says:
      October 30, 2013

      Hi Sir im interested im live in East London so want to appl

    • Magolo Mmereki Terence says:
      November 5, 2013

      Dear Sir/Madam

      I really want to a Police Office what must I do, I have Matric I don’t have drives Licence Please Help me

    • phakiso says:
      November 6, 2013

      When is applications starting

    • Buntu Mpunga says:
      November 7, 2013

      everybody you have to go to your local police station and ask for an application form and if you are in cape town go to the customs house recruitment centre 1st floor you will get all the info u need .

    • sengani says:
      November 7, 2013

      Dear sir / madam .I really want 2b a police officer but when I went to recruitment center to ask the forms, they keep on saying post are not yet out ,I have 3years trying to do this .

    • Nolubabalo says:
      November 9, 2013

      Hi. Am 22years lady i always wanted to become a police i want to know if its possible i didnt pass my matric.. What should i do.. Pls help.

    • Suprice says:
      November 10, 2013

      Dear sir/madam I’m a grade 12 learner,I’m 18 years old and I have decided to have a career under SAPS,so I wish to be assisted next year as soon as I get my matric results.Thank you

    • Nondumiso says:
      November 10, 2013

      Hi I’m a girl age 22 with matric I would love to join the police filed what’s the first step I should do to qualify

    • Patricia Dipuo Mokoena says:
      November 13, 2013

      I really want to be a police but i don’t have a drivers license. Can i apply without it? Where and when can i apply?

    • diphapang mofokeng says:
      November 13, 2013

      hi i have grade 12, learners licence and busy wit my licence and i have 5yrs experience working as a security guard can i apply for becoming police officer

    • alfonzo says:
      November 16, 2013

      hi,i just want 2 know when and where i cant apply for a job in the SAPD ,i’ve got matric and a certificate from narysec for attending a 4months courses at SAS SALDAHNA.

    • buseka kunene says:
      November 16, 2013

      good day
      i saw the post of saps : traineeship and i really want to apply ….i would like to ask if is it possible for me to apply because i have matric but i don’t have drivers licences.
      thank you

    • buseka kunene says:
      November 16, 2013

      i pass my matric in 2011 i live in cape town and i would like to apply and become a police but i dont have drivers licence please help is it possible for me to apply

      thank you

    • Bennet says:
      November 17, 2013

      Hi I’ve bin sumitin since 2011 2 bcome member of de SAPS n nw m 30 yrs of age stil no respond m stil chasin my dream 2 b a super cop

    • XAVIER SIMON says:
      November 20, 2013

      Hi im 28 years old and interested in being a member of South Afican Police Service but i dont have a drivers licence.
      How and where can i get a application form from
      I really want to serve my country and President

    • thembeni says:
      December 17, 2013

      I’m 22 of age,strong and dedicated young womem whose longing to join the term but the question is which procedure am i supposed to follow because i’ve been applying for the past 3 year’s but i don’t get an answer or a tip of if there is something that i s not right

    • Tyren mark perumalsamy says:
      January 30, 2014

      I’m realy intrested in joining the saps..what’s the requirements…I’d like to make a difference in our country

    • morne says:
      January 31, 2014

      What is the cut off age for applying I’m 37 years old :ave 3years military service and 5 years security service also have a valid licence and no criminal record

    • mukhtaar says:
      January 31, 2014


    • Bandile says:
      February 1, 2014

      I completed grade 12 with University Exemption in 2013.
      Can you please advise:

      1. What is the requirements for a recruit
      2. Do you have cut off dates for applications.
      3. If so, please can you advise as to when the next application date will be.
      4. Is application forms available from the local SAP

      Bandile Khawula

    • chopo thabang patric says:
      February 3, 2014

      My is thabang chopo patric I just finished my matric and I want to be a police officer how and where can I get application forms I live at sasolburg free state region

    • leon jossie says:
      February 4, 2014

      Reali wana join da saps trying for so many years,I’m gona be 31 this year cut of age is 30,plz help me

    • allicia van zyl says:
      February 4, 2014

      Please give me more information on how to apply

    • Trevor says:
      February 6, 2014

      Hi im Trevor and would like to become a police officer haven’t finished school I do have a code 10 license and want to serve the community is it possible without Grade12

    • Curtis says:
      February 6, 2014

      I’m interesting to work for the Saps,can anybody please help me…

    • Mtuseni Majozi says:
      February 7, 2014

      I’ve been always dreaming to become a police offcer since I was 15 years old but I couldn’t because I was young haven’t complite but I’m a big boy now and I complete my matric and I’ll be delighted if I can become 1 of dedicated Policemen in my lovely country. I’m hard worker, I go extra mile and I do whatever it takes to make sure my job is 110%. I want to know when the next posts for this year? Thank you

    • Xolile progress says:
      February 7, 2014

      Im xolile skhosana at ladysmith, i didnt pass my matric an iwant fo be a police officer. What can i do?

    • ndawo says:
      February 7, 2014

      Hi I am a 35 year old male lives in Durban. And I have always wanted to be a police man. All the years I have made aplications but never been selected. I would like to know the critiria and the requirements for the entry into the police force and do I still qualify to apply.

    • Cohen damian Naidoo says:
      February 8, 2014

      Hi am cohen from durban..am 19 years old I’ve completed my matric last year … I like to become a police officer it is passion to fight for my country and save another peoples lives and protect them…

    • Cohen damian Naidoo says:
      February 8, 2014

      Hello am cohen from durban..am 19 years old I’ve completed my matric last year … I like to become a police officer it is passion to fight for my country and save another peoples lives and protect them…

    • Zama Precious Jotile says:
      February 10, 2014

      Hi am Zama Jotile.
      Am 23 years old I complited my matric on 2010. Then I went to study criminal justice at INTEC Collage, but I haven’t yet obtain my certificate am studyind part time. I’ve been applying for a job at SAPS since last year but I get no response.

      Please help I’ll take any kind of a job that I may qualify for as long as it will be at SAPS. I’ve been dreaming of working for SAPS since I was young.

      I’ll be happy if I may get attention.

    • Lerato Primrose Mngxozana says:
      February 14, 2014

      Hellow my name is lerato mngxozana I passed grade 12 with bachelor degree. My dream was to serve since grade 10 the community and still it is my dream.the’s alot of corruption in our coutry I bealive I can contributy to stop it.

    • Lerato says:
      February 18, 2014

      I am a good lad,hard-worker.I loathe a gang that smoking and drinking alcoholics.While,since when i was a young I alway wish to become a cop.Last year I were proceeding my matric,and now I done and I obtained diploma.I would like to study police cource but my corncen is age,I’m 24yrs while I heard the rumous says that if you wanna become a cop you must be under 23yrs …please help me!!

    • Nickey Scholtz says:
      March 16, 2014

      I am looking for a new and life changing challenge that will test my skills and reveal my level of self discipline. A opportunity to become a police officer and committing yourself to serve the public and stand out as an Hero inspires me and pushes me forward in life. I am 24 years old and feel that at this age I am ready to become someone who will make a difference in the police force.

    • leon says:
      April 14, 2014

      Guys, you should go to your nearest police station around June/July to get forms. There is a intake every year. Requirements for SAPS is pretty clear, no criminal record, license, matric, mentally and physically fit etc. There are so much applicants each year that not everyone gets the opportunity to join SAPS. I also applied last year and I got in, unfortunately I did not fit the profile when I wrote my psycho metric test for entry level constable so I am going to apply in july again. NB* I did not fail my test. Believe me my heart is sore when I see crime and I wish that I could be stopping that. I go to sleep everynight thinking about the police and I wake up still thinking about it. I want to advise you guys to please not give up on your dreams just keep on dreaming. Most importantly you have to work towards it, like get your license and make a nuisance of your self at the police station, and I don’t mean you must become a problem now *lol… Good luck guys, there’s no answers on this site you have to go out there and follow your heart, if its not meant to be then its not.

    • dhishen ajodhi says:
      May 17, 2014

      Hi,I’m juz commenting on peoples responses here,chase ur dreams people everyting will happen at d ryt time,I’m also dien 2 be a police officer n I knw wat it takes 2 becum 1 ,I’m an average guy doin my matrik agen.my marks are average as well ,y can’t the saps give us oppportunities 2 join d force,I been reading about d process on how constables hav been trained I know a lot regarding on how saps are bein trained n what they learn,I’m hoping an praying to god that I get into the police with ease ,I’m currently doin 2 subjects at oxford matrik skewl in pietermaritzburg afta I pass these subjects I wana join d police service n become something big in d police force n serve my country wid pride ,please people chase ur dreams

    • jabulani xaba says:
      June 2, 2014

      I’m jabulani xaba I’m 25 years old a male from Durban I passed my metric on 2008, I’m in good health I use to train everyday. My dream is to be a police officer not just because of hiding behind the uniform no I wanna see justice in our country. Police officers are playing a big role in our country they done everything they could but unfortunately they is a shortage of police because everyday we still see people laying death on the street,children,women and men’s getting abuse and people who does that get away with it sometimes. So I’m prepared to die giving service to my country if that have to be a way to see justice. I also like to thank everyone women and men who sacrifices their lives to protect us as a country!

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