SAPS careers: How to become a Police Officer in SA

The SAPS or the ‘South African Police Service’ is the national police force of the Republic of South Africa. The nine provinces of South Africa have 1116 police stations and as a result, there are many SAPS careers available. South African police service vacancies are also on the rise as the South African government is seeing a need to increase funding to this sector.


The SAPS is responsible for preventing, investigating and combating crime. The various individuals in the SAPS are tasked with maintaining public order, protecting and securing the inhabitants of South Africa. SAPS careers involve upholding and enforcing the law of the country, create a safe and secure environment for all people in the South African Republic. The SAPS must prevent anything that might challenge the safety or security of any community or individual. They must investigate any crimes that threatens the safety or security of any community or individual. Lastly they are tasked with ensuring that criminals are brought to justice and participate in initiatives to address the causes of crime.

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The SAPS is divided into two divisions: the SAPS and the Metro Police. The SAPS is South Africa’s national police force and the Metro Police is the city’s police force. Each city in South Africa has its own dedicated police force. Both control and prevent crime, but the SAPS is mainly a reactive service. They respond to and investigate crimes. Then by comparison, the Metro Police’s approach is more proactive. They have an emphasis on preventing crime and reducing the reasons for committing it. Metro Police officers, in South Africa, do not have the legal authority to imprison people, so when they make an arrest, the person in question is handed over to the SAPS for investigation and detainment.


Now that you know more about what police jobs involve, we are going to go into more depth on what kinds of SAPS careers one can apply for and what the procedures are on applying for South African Police Service vacancies.

Requirements of a person who wishes to join the SAPS

There are many requirements that must be met in order for an individual to be eligible to apply for SAPS careers. Here is the full list as laid down by the SAPS. According to the SAPS, you need to:

• Be a South African citizen by birth
• Be at least 25, but under 40 years of age, of which documentary proof must be furnished
• Complete a health questionnaire, at his or her own cost, which is confirmed by a registered medical practitioner
• Be medically, mentally and physically fit to perform duties
• Be of good and sound character
• Fit the psychometric profile and must successfully complete any other test that may be determined by the National Commissioner
• Be in possession of at least a senior certificate (Grade 12) or must have successfully completed a SAQA accredited NQF level 4 qualification, of which documentary proof must be provided
• Be able to speak, read and write at least two official languages, of which one must be English
• Allow his or her fingerprints and a DNA sample to be taken
• Be prepared to undergo such training as may be determined by the National Commissioner
• Be prepared to take the prescribed oath of office
• Understand that his or her services may be terminated at the age of 60
• Complete an assessment questionnaire
• Be vetted or screened
• Be employed and provide proof of employment
• Provide proof of his or her residential address
• Not have a criminal record or any criminal or departmental cases pending against him or her (all criminal or departmental cases must be declared)
• Not have a tattoo which will be visible if the person wears a uniform

**South African Police Service, What are the requirements for appointment? Source:**

How does a person apply for SAPS careers?

Everyone who meets the requirements, as stated above, who wish to apply for SAPS careers, will have to participate in an in-depth training course. First you need to fill in the SAPS application forms, then you go on six months of intense practical training. This training normally takes place at several police stations around the area of the training college that you enroll at. After you have completed the practical course, you then have to undergo six months of theory training. This is where you will be learning the rules and regulations that surround the work, and also the law. The theory course is where you will learn what you can and cannot do as a police officer, and how to execute your functions to the standards that are required.


Once you have passed both these courses, you can become a serving police officer. Besides the basic training, there are other training opportunities that will become available. These last for a set number of days and focus on a wide range of specialized areas. For example, you could learn about animal behavior, fingerprinting, and firearms etc.

What SAPS careers are available?

Police Constable

The starting South African police service vacancies position, once you have successfully completed the training, is the Police Constable. You will start off in this position and if you perform well in this position then you will be legible for advancement.

Police Sergeant

A police sergeant is the next level from a constable. You will have more responsibility as you will be managing a police station. More responsibilities mean more pay, but it means that you have to answer for any shortfalls in your station. You will be responsible for delegating tasks and managing relationships within the police station.



If you do very well as a constable and show that you have analytic or good deduction abilities, then you might be promoted to becoming a detective. Your job will be to investigate crimes and find suspects who could have committed these crimes. The SAPS has many different areas that they concentrate on, such as organised crime or violent crime. Depending on the area you are assigned to, your duties might change.

Civilian employees

There are roles in the police department that can be performed by people who are not actual police officers. In a civilian capacity, you can still work with the South African Police Service. You might help them out with career or strategic management. You might have to assists in marketing for the organization or advertising for Police run community initiatives. There are a lot of functions that need to be performed for the SAPS that police officers will not be able to do themselves.
So if you think that SAPS careers are for you, then register your CV on Job Mail today and start applying for South African police service vacancies – from traffic police jobs to metro police jobs, you will find it on

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241 Responses

  1. Collen says:

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  2. Petros says:

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  3. nokukhanya says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I would like to apply for the position of the Police Officer as advertised.

    I am computer literate and completed my matric and Office administration at Elangeni FET college with an NCV level 4.  I have worked at Hillcrest AIDS centre as an office administrator for 3 years,   and I’m currently working as a receptionist at Weigh less.  I also studied Executive Secretarial certificate at Icesa Computer college, I have volunteered at Hillcrest hospital and at ST Lawrence school as a typist for 2 years.

    I am a well spoken, well presentable manner and kind personality individual who has a basic admin skills and good computer knowledge with good communication skills as well as excellent customer service and I can work under pressure.  Please refer to my CV for further details.

    Should you consider me for this position, I can assure you of my commitment and willingness to help in any way that may benefit the company.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully

    Nokukhanya Chamane (Miss)
    Cell no. 073 950 1951

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  6. Ronny says:

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  7. Adrian J says:

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  8. senzo says:

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  9. Sandy says:

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  10. henry says:

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  11. Luvuyo says:

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  12. precious says:

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  13. Nonjabulo says:

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  14. Inasio says:

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  15. percy says:

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  16. frans molaudzi says:

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  17. Andiswa Qalela says:

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  20. MAGGIE says:


  21. Wilhelmina Namane says:

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  22. themba says:

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  23. Tobi Basson says:

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  24. joy jacobs says:

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    • Annabel Schoeman says:

      Hi Joy,

      It is awesome to see someone so excited about a career path! We hope you all the best!

  25. Phumzile says:

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  29. Kulani says:

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  30. Mpho phosiwe says:

    I have all the requirements to apply and be come a police officer.the problem is that I was once arrested due to reckless driving. This thing happened 5 years back. So I m not sure about what will happen if I apply.

    Please help with ideas.

    Kinds regards

  31. Quinton says:


    I would like to join SAPS in Cape Town, how can I apply and when would Police Training start again?

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  37. johannes says:

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  38. mulanga says:

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  41. Johnathin says:

    I’m 19 and would like to apply , when are the closing date for SAPS application forms in 2016 ?

  42. Khathutshelo says:

    I’m up to this as I’m 20 years.

  43. Emma says:

    Being a police officer is my career I want to be a police officer with all my heart I can’t stop dreaming about how much I can make a difference in my community when I am a police officer I truly love that job I have a grade 12 certificate and level 4 NCV certificate also the experience of 4 weeks as a practical so how can I apply?

  44. Emma says:

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  45. Partson says:

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  46. keletso says:

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  47. cecilia says:

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  48. thandiwe says:

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  49. patrick says:

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  51. barnabas says:

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  52. MUROA TEFO LEKOE says:


  53. hi i am keneilwe i would like to become a police officer as i was a police reservist from 2007 to date

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  55. Bongani says:

    hy I wish to become a police but I don’t have requiment that needed but I have security certificate and I work more than 11 years nw I wish to do that corse assisting with Saps please help me

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  58. Andre says:

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  59. I want to join to become a member of South African police service so that I can be able to fight crime in our country

  60. lesego says:

    I am looking for a job. I don’t have skills, I just matriculated last year

  61. Phuti Joel says:

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  64. ndumiso says:

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  65. Lesedi Makgoga says:

    This post looks interesting… I’m sure I’ll keep on visiting it… Still a matriculant learner know.

  66. J Niemand says:

    Morning. Please send me the appication forms to join the police.

  67. Sibusiso says:

    I will be happy to join the South African police service. Let make a world a better and safer place for everyone. Can you send the application forms? My contacts no 0765912197

  68. zibuyile says:

    Hai! I’m a 31 years old leady.I’m working as a domestic right now.The aim was go work so that I can have money to study feather but I failed since I’m earning pinut and I’m a breadwinner at home .I would like to know what I can do at least so that I can become a police officer?

  69. kwanele says:

    I only have matric and i wish to be an officer same day but i have no idea on how to apply

  70. I Did write the test because i forget to enter numbers they did not called me in 2015 on 2016 i went to the place where i was writing my test they told me i did pass because they asked me my id book i want know to do from now my name is nhlakanipho mahlobo im 24

  71. Mlondi Ngobese says:

    Hi Im Mllondi from durban im 24years old currently working as Security Senior Controller i passed matric <computer literate i also have C1 drivers licence im willing to be a police officer

  72. senzo says:

    Am in grade 12 and my dream is to be a police so can you help me!

  73. nyiko lucky says:

    Am Nyiko lucky am having diploma in police, decree in forencic investigation both from inisa, the reason i obtained this qualification is of my love for policing. I want to help prevent, combat and investigate crime. Dealing with the movites and reason for crime.

  74. nyiko lucky says:

    I am Nyiko lucky Baloyi, I have a diplom in policing, decree in forensic investigation, both from unisa, the reason i obtained this qualification, is of my love for policing, i want help to prevent, combat and investigate crimes, deals with the modules oparandi of criminals. Work accordance to the stiputes mandate of constitution of Republic of south Africa, act 108 of 1996 which provide: saps have the responsibility to protect the south africans and their property, public order, enforce law, investigate, prevent, combat crimes

  75. Noma-Efese says:

    Ilike to study the course of policing how can I apply?

  76. Ernest Mmotlana says:

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  77. ndumiso says:

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  78. mmeli says:

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  79. thulani says:

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  80. Rachel says:

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  81. VINCENT VEKI says:


  82. Angel says:

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  83. nomathemba says:

    I want to become a police woman but the problem is that I do not have a matric grade 12, other than than I have all that is needed n I do not have any crime records. I’ve always wanted to join saps…what can I do

  84. durrell lisa charles says:

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  85. Otshepeng Mantu says:

    I will like to become a police officer nd am intend to work and protect the nation

  86. tyrone says:

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  87. desia makua says:

    I would like to be police officer…I really love this job

  88. lebogang says:

    I would like to train to be police officer

  89. Paul Gericke says:

    Hi Henno
    Dis Chap
    Ek wil die force join! Wie moet ek bel?

  90. I meet all the requirements I have the licence code 10 and grade 12 certificate . I’m willing to be a saps I’m at the age of 26

  91. lindo says:

    i wanna work on saps but in mpumalanga location at kwaggafontein / kwamhlanga heres my digits 0768240479

  92. Ben says:

    I have matric certificate and i don’t have licence and i am willing to work and learner,i like to become a police officer

  93. Its my dream to be a police

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  95. walter says:

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  96. NONHLANHLA says:

    Hi my name is Nonhlanhla from Nelspruit I have all the qualifications needed and I am 21 years old.please contact me at 0791677459

  97. mfundo says:

    Hi Mr Henno Kruger my name is mfundo from durban *montclair*….i would like to be a Police but i don’t meet all the requirements i don’t have grade 12 i only have grade 11 and a drivers licence code 10….im a 23 year old male that’s willing to learn and work hard….what can I do please help

    • Henno Kruger says:

      You need to contact the SAPS directly. Job Mail does not recruit staff for the SAPS, they do it themselves.

    • Jacob says:

      Hi my name is Jacob Motlhanke I wish to became a police next year because right now I am on grade 12 matric , I have driven learners license I am a hard worker I have been volunteer at Vostershoop police station for previous years call me on 0607582713/visit I have been learned more about saps I m 21 years old.

  98. Maumela emannuel says:

    I want to be a police officer

  99. louisa says:

    Hi im 41years old can I became a police officer

  100. Clement says:

    Hi i am clement Mokoana am in matric right now my wish is to become a police officer but the problem is i don’t know which steps must i take to be an officer.

  101. sihle says:

    i am willing to become a south african police i meet requirment

  102. Herman Junior Njabulo Talane says:

    To whom it may concern , My name is Herman Junior Njabulo Talane I am currently in Grade 11 (2016) and I would like to become a police officer in the year 2018 , I would like to know if I can apply this year or next year in 2017.
    Or I should Contact the SAPS directly?

    Much appreciated.

  103. Hello my name is sarah mashabane .i am 23yrs old. I want to be a saps when i appiled i don’t get respond so what can i do 2 get this opportunitie.

  104. khumi says:

    my name ismoshidi khumi l am 22 years old i want to become l police officer

  105. I want to be a police officer

  106. jazzmin says:

    hi m name is jazzmin claasen I have matriculated 2015 and fit the profile to be a police officer my digits are 0845977614

  107. EDWARD says:

    I would like to be a police officer,I have all the requirement needed,please Iwill appreciate you’re request

  108. percy says:

    Can i apply if I have abet level 4?

  109. Siyamthanda says:

    I’ve been submitting forms in Cape Town SAPS Recruiting two times but I never received any massage/Call

  110. Zovuyo says:

    To whom it may concern. My name is Zovuyo and I will like to know if I can join the SAPS at the age o f18years… I have passed my grade 12 last year(2016)

  111. moeketsi phatsoane says:

    I am doing (gr12) so can I be able to apply?

  112. portia says:

    Wish i can be part of police ladie

  113. khotlalang Ntsane says:

    I would love to be a police officer

  114. moolmen says:

    Police is part of my career. So which course can get me in police

  115. monique says:

    Looking forward too becoming a police officer & making a difference in our country

  116. mahlori says:

    Hi I’m Mahlori I’m looking forward to become a police officer I’m a hard worker



  118. Onica says:

    Hi am Onica I completed my matric last year and I want to be a polive I don’t have any certificate other than the matric one of want to know how is it possible for me to apply

  119. Hey i would love to be part of police enforcement i failed matric last year but i am going to supplement this year November so i may get a chance to become a policeman?

    I have computer literacy certificate but i don’t have money to study police enforcement course

    so it is possible for me to become part in police department? because i realized that in every police forms they want people who have grade 10

  120. Samukelo says:

    Please contact me to 0606529491 in my life I want to become a policeman I pass matric last year

  121. percy says:

    I would lyk to be a police officer I do hv a experience frm security I always wanted to prevent crime n protect ppl

  122. I would be the part of SAPS one day because I love this job

  123. Rulani Prince says:

    Hi there! I want to be a police man

  124. Brenda says:

    Hi I would like to become a police officer, but I don’t khow how to apply please give me some information.

  125. Brenda says:

    Hey if u have information about how to apply please my number is-0761642013 thank you

  126. Present sithungu says:

    Hi I would love to be the part of the SAPS to protect the country against the criminals

  127. Present sithungu says:

    Hi I would love to be part of the SAPS

  128. Mpho says:

    Hi i am Mpho I would love to be a police officer

  129. Julie windelberg says:

    Hi what if i have all the requirements but i am married to a south african. When i do get citizenship is it possible for me to apply for this job

  130. Bulumko says:

    Go do your research, there is no promotion from constable to detective.

    Lol if you do well as constable you might be promoted to be detective, that’s a lie.

    There is no rank in the SAPS called detective.

  131. jason beyers says:

    how can I study police next year 2018

  132. Nosipho says:

    how can I be a police officer? I am interested in serving the community

  133. SIMTHOLILE says:

    I will like to be a police because I want to help the country

  134. Matebogo says:

    I an willing to become a policeman

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Matebogo,

      That’s wonderful to hear. Please read through the post for the necessary requirements and how/where to apply.

      Thank you for visiting Job Mail.

  135. Kelebogile says:

    I would like to become a police officer…it has been my dream since i was young bt my prblm is tht i failed my matric…can i still apply?

  136. Andrew says:


    I like to be a policeman and I have all the requirements you need.I am even tall 28 yrs old in Gauteng plz help me before I reach 30yrs my contact 078 289 1392

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