The South African Police Service (SAPS) has begun its 2024/2025 recruitment process in which an additional 1 000 youth between the ages of 18 and 35 will be trained to serve in its force.
The announcement was made by the Deputy Minister of Police, Cassel Mathale, during a National Career Expo in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.
The career expo provided SAPS with the opportunity to showcase, educate and expose communities to the various career paths in the SAPS. Application forms are available on the SAPS website, under the police trainees section. The forms will also be made available at police stations nationwide.
According to the SAPS, there are currently 9 000 trainees in academies throughout the country, another 1 000 will be enlisted for training in January 2024. This will bring the total number of recruits trained to 10 000 in the 2023/2024 financial year. The 2024/2025 cohort is thus expected to commence their training in April 2024.
Deputy Minister Mathale said the aim of the police service is to ensure sufficient boots on the ground to serve and protect the communities.
The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola said the organisation is targeting those with a passion for public service.
“We are inviting disciplined, upright and passionate candidates who are ready to serve and protect their communities. With more boots on the ground, we aim to enhance and improve our response to emerging crime trends,” General Masemola said.
Applicants need to be a South African citizen, also be in possession of a matric certificate with no criminal record. Visit this link to download the application form.