South African Police Service (SAPS) is on a massive recruitment drive to bolster the police force of the country and is inviting applications for various job positions. Interested candidates can read this post to know more about the vacancies in SAPS and the application process.
South African Police Services (SAPS) is a government department coming under the Ministry of Police. The main objective of SAPS is to make the environment safe and secure for all the residents of South Africa. SAPS aims to prevent and investigate anything that may be a threat to the safety and security of any community within the country. It ensures that all the criminals are brought to justice, and it works to address the root cause of crimes. Like any other government department of South Africa, SAPS also releases vacancies regularly.
SAPS calls for candidates to build their careers in various fields. You can either join SAPS as a police official or as a civilian employee. A police official is employed in terms of the SA Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No. 68 of 1995), whereas civilian employees are appointed in terms of the Public Services Act 1994 (Act No. 103 of 1994). Most police officials are involved in preventing, investigating, and combating crimes, while other police officials and civilian employees handle support functions.
To become a police official, a candidate needs to undergo a basic training program. The candidates will undergo the Basic Training and Tactical Policing program at the South African Police Services Training Academy during the first year. During the training program, candidates will receive the following benefits:
- Monthly salary
- Lower plan membership of Polmed medical aid
During the second year of training, the candidates will attend field training as student constables in uniform for one year. They will be working at a police station during this period. After the basic training, most police officials will work as uniformed police officials at various police stations in the Community Service Center. However, some of them will join specialized units. They will also undergo additional training to work in the specialized fields they choose. After completing the training, candidates can choose the following career options. However, the candidates may be required to undergo specialized training according to the career option.
- Investigator at the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI): Investigators prevent, investigate, and combat offenses with national priorities. Commercial Crime investigators focus on investigating the cases of serious economic offenses and corruption, such as cheque fraud, internet fraud, etc. Organized crime investigators focus mostly on precious metal and diamond-related crimes, vehicle-related crimes, wildlife crimes, narcotics, non-ferrous metal crimes, violent crimes, and stock thefts.
- Communication Interception Official: The official is responsible for managing, coordinating, and executing court-directed surveillance requests through the use of communication technology. Communication interception officials will be stationed at crime intelligence offices across the country.
- Crime Information Gatherer: The officials monitor suspects through photography, video recording, foot or vehicle surveillance, and static observation. Crime Information gatherers are responsible for planning surveillance operations, compiling reports, and briefing investigation teams located at Crime Intelligence offices across the country.
- Close Protectors: They provide close protection to the VIPs, including the presidents and ministers, by physically protecting them on foot and when traveling. Other functions of these officials include operation planning, communicating with VIPs and delegates, maintenance of equipment, and recording procedures. These officials are stationed at the Presidential Protection Unit and VIP units in various provinces and the head office.
- Bomb technicians: They provide effective bomb disposal service, use computer systems to dispose of bombs/explosives, and render their services to suppliers and users of explosives. They also inspect and dispose of any device or item suspected to be explosive.
- General Investigator: They are responsible for investigating crimes and gathering pieces of evidence from the crime scenes. These officials are responsible for conducting court-driven investigations, maintaining the neatness and completeness of case dockets, and recruiting and maintaining informers.
- Criminal Record Centre officials: They are responsible for recording crime objects and scenes using photography, ideography, and drafting. They also investigate crime scenes and objects to gather clues and exhibits for forensic analysis.
- Crime Prevention Officials: They prevent or reduce the factors that may lead to crime by using the constitutional mandate for democratic policing, which means addressing crime through proactive policing.
- Riders at the Equestrian Unit: These officials respond to crimes on horseback. They do border patrols, crowd control, support the stock theft units, and prevent crimes in rural and urban areas.
- Dog Handling: Police dogs play an important role in preventing, combating, and investigating crimes. Dog handling officials can be trained in 11 specialized fields, including narcotics detection, search and rescue, explosives detection, detection of protective species, and fire investigation.
- Special Task Force: Special task force members handle high-risk operations that cannot be handled with normal policing. These officials handle situations like urban and rural terror, VIP protection, hostage rescue, and the execution of specialized rescue services.
- Detectives: Detectives stationed at police stations investigate crimes. Operational detectives are responsible for investigating a broad category of crimes. Their duties include gathering pieces of evidence, executing search and arrest warrants, using investigation techniques, preparing case dockets, investigating crime scenes, tracking and arresting suspects, investigating reported crimes, and serving summonses.
- Border Police: These officials are responsible for carrying out border control. They prevent illegal entry and exit of goods and people to and from the country. These personnel prevent illegal entry and exit through the land, air, and sea routes.
- Air Wing: These officials enforce the law through air support. The main responsibility of the Air wing officials is rendering air support during policing operations to prevent or investigate crimes, quick response to crime callouts, quick deployment of personnel, anti-drug operations, taking video and photographs from air, monitoring public gatherings, border patrolling, flight communication, and search and rescue operations.
- Forensic Scientists: These officials work at the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to analyze physical evidence collected from crime scenes. All relevant clues and physical pieces of evidence are studied and interpreted according to scientific principles. Some forensic scientists working at the FSL are Ballistic Analyst, Forensic Chemical Analyst, Forensic Biological Analyst, Questioned Document Examiner, and Forensic Science Analyst.
Who Should Apply?
To apply for vacancies in SAPS, candidates need to meet the following eligibility requirements:
For an appointment in terms of the South African Police Services Act 1995 (Act no. 68 of 1995)
- A candidate should be a permanent resident of the Republic of South Africa. He/she should be able to provide documentary proof.
- The age of the applicant should be between 18 years to 30 years to apply for this recruitment process.
- Candidates should undergo a medical and physical examination as determined by the SAPS and should be declared mentally and physically fit to be appointed for the post applied.
- Candidates should have Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or equivalent qualification.
- Fluency in English and one other official language is a must for applying for these posts.
- Candidates should undergo a psychological assessment determined by the National Commissioner of the SAPS and should be declared fit to apply for the post of police officials.
- One should be prepared to take the oath of office.
- As the joining would require training, the candidates should be prepared to undergo any training determined by the National Commissioner of the SAPS.
- There should be no criminal convictions against the candidate.
- Candidates should not have any visible tattoos contrary to the SAPS’s objectives.
- One should be prepared to have his/her background checked.
- Selected candidates can be posted anywhere in the country. Hence, candidates should be prepared to serve anywhere across South Africa.
Candidates who do not want to join SAPS as police officials but want to serve South African Police Service as civilian employees can apply for an appointment as Civilian employees in terms of the Public Services Act 1994 (Act 103 of 1994). They can be appointed to carry out the following tasks:
- Personnel administration
- Clerical duties
- Financial administration
- Secretarial duties
- Messenger services
- Cleaning services
The minimum requirement to be eligible for appointment at the Forensic Science laboratory:
- A Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with Science and Mathematics along with relevant experience of three years
- At least one of these: degree in B. Sc. Honors, degree or diploma in Chemistry, B.Sc. in Chemistry, degree or diploma in graphics design, photography, or fine arts with photography as a subject, or degree or diploma in Police Science in Criminology
- A relevant diploma or degree in any of these: Soil Science, Botany, Physics, Zoology, Inorganic, Analytic and Physical Chemistry, Electron microscopy, Anthropology, Criminology, Armourer, Medical Technology, Geology, Geochemistry, Molecular Biology, Electronic Engineering, Mineralogy, or LLB degree
SAPS Application Form
If you are interested in applying for the South African Police Services, you can follow the below links.
To apply for the recruitment through Police Services Act, fill the application form given below:
To apply for the posts of civilian employees in terms of the Public Services Act, click on the following link:
Successful candidates should hear back from the the recruitment offices with reference to their employment application form.
For more information about the SAPS recruitment, visit the official website www.saps.gov.za