The SAPS offers careers in various fields. If you join the SAPS you can either become a police official or a civilian employee. Police officials are employed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995). Civilian employees are employed in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Act No 103 of 1994). Most functional Police Officials are directly involved in preventing, combating or investigating crime. The other Police officials and civilian personnel carry out support functions.
Only the official application form (available on the SAPS website and at SAPS recruitment offices) will be accepted. The Z83 previously utilized will no longer be accepted. All instructions on the application form must be adhered to. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of the application.
APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT IN TERMS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE ACT, 1995 (ACT NO 68 OF 1995)
Someone who applies to be appointed in terms of the SAPS Act, 1995 must –
- fill out the official application form and affirm under oath or by means of a solemn declaration that the information he/she supplied on the application, is true and correct
- have permanent residency in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), of which he/she must give documentary proof
- be at least 18 years old, but younger than 30 years (documentary proof is needed)
- undergo a physical and medical examination as determined by the SAPS, and must be found to be physically and mentally fit to be appointed in the post for which he/she applies
- undergo a psychological assessment as determined by the National Commissioner of the SAPS, and must be found to fit the profile of a police official
- have a Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or an equivalent qualification, of which he/she must present documentary proof
- be fluent in English and at least one other official language
- be prepared to take the oath of office
- be prepared to undergo any training as determined by the National Commissioner of the SAPS
- not have any visible tattoos that are contrary to the objectives of the SAPS
- not have previous criminal convictions
- let his/her fingerprints be taken
- be prepared to have his/her background checked
- be prepared to serve anywhere in South Africa.