How to join SAPS in South Africa

To join the South African Police Service (SAPS), you’ll need to follow a specific process. Here’s an overview of the steps involved:

  1. Check the requirements: Make sure you meet the basic requirements set by the SAPS. These requirements typically include being a South African citizen, being at least 18 years old and not older than 30, having a Grade 12 certificate (or equivalent), being proficient in English, and having no criminal record.
  2. Obtain the application form: Visit your nearest SAPS recruitment office or check the SAPS website to obtain the application form. You can also check if there are any specific vacancies advertised.
  3. Complete the application form: Fill out the application form accurately and provide all the required information. Attach certified copies of your identification, educational certificates, and any other requested documents.
  4. Submit your application: Submit your completed application form and supporting documents to the designated SAPS recruitment office within the specified deadline. Ensure that you submit all the required documents as failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified.
  5. Written examination: If your application is accepted, you will be invited to take a written examination. This examination typically tests your general knowledge, literacy, and numeracy skills.
  6. Fitness assessment: If you pass the written examination, you will undergo a physical fitness assessment. This assessment evaluates your physical fitness levels, including endurance, strength, and agility.
  7. Psychometric assessment: Following the fitness assessment, you may be required to undergo a psychometric assessment. This assessment measures your cognitive abilities, personality traits, and suitability for the role.
  8. Medical evaluation: If you successfully complete the previous stages, you will undergo a medical evaluation to ensure you meet the required health standards for SAPS service.
  9. Interview and background checks: If you pass the medical evaluation, you will be invited for an interview. Additionally, SAPS will conduct thorough background checks, including criminal record checks and verification of your educational qualifications.
  10. Training: If you are selected after the interview and background checks, you will be enrolled in the SAPS Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP), where you will undergo the necessary training to become a police officer.