The South African Police Service has welcomed 5000 police trainees into its ranks. This in a bid to increase the capacity of operational police officers at station level.
For the first time, the number of recruits has risen above 4000, this in response to policing demands in communities across South Africa.
The trainees, will be undergoing a 21-month Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP).
The South African Police Service embarked on a stringent recruitment process to ensure that the best candidates are selected to serve as police men and women.
A total of 5000 police trainees were selected from over 517 000 applicants. Of the 5000 trainees, 1580 are female and 3420 are male. They will all undergo training at five SAPS Academy’s nationwide being, SAPS Tshwane Academy in Gauteng, SAPS Bhisho Academy in Eastern Cape, SAPS Oudsthoorn Academy in Western Cape, SAPS Ulundi Academy in Kwa-Zulu Natal and SAPS Hammanskraal Academy in Gauteng.
The new recruits, will commence with orientation this week at the various academies where after they will be placed at a designated police station for one month. This serves as an induction phase to acquire practical on-the-job training and experience guided by an assigned mentor before they report at the SAPS training academies for the formal training programme. This process also mentally and emotionally orientates the new recruit before the commencement of the basic training on the practical side of policing. It also aims to bridge the gap between the mind-set of a civilian and police official
They will then proceed to a SAPS Academy for eight months where they are trained as police officials. This training is a combination of theory and practice which includes but is not limited to fire-arm training, legal principles and fitness assessments. Learning is enforced by continuous visits to police stations after practical sessions where the trainee is exposed to observation and practical sessions such as the registering of case dockets and the completion of official register
On successful completion of their training programme, they will be placed at different business units in the SAPS such as police stations and Public Order Police Units for a 12-month probation period, to gain further practical experience and in-service training.
About the recruitment selection process:
The successful candidates complied with the following basic enlistment requirements but not limited to the following:
Be a South African citizen by birth?
Between the ages of 18 and 30?
Be medically, mentally and physically fit to perform duties?
Be in possession of at least a senior certificate (Grade 12)?
Not have a criminal record or any criminal or departmental cases pending against him or her (all cases must be declared)?
Successful candidates underwent the following assessments in the following order:
The Psychometric assessment aims to measure attributes such as intelligence, aptitude and personality to select the most suitable candidates
Candidates were required to undertake a physical test to determine their ability to perform the physical demands inherent to operational policing.
For the first time, the SAPS introduced the Integrity test which is a personality test designed to assess an applicant’s tendency to be honest, trustworthy, and dependable.
Candidates were also interviewed by SAPS HR Officers.
The candidates underwent medical examinations to certify their fitness to undertake strenuous exercise.
The Deputy National Commissioner for Human Resource Management in the SAPS, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya has wished the new recruits well on their new journey.
Congratulations to our new recruits for getting through the rigorous recruitment process. With recent incidents of crime and violence involving young people both as victims and perpetrators of crime, yourselves as the youth of this country have a vital role to play to ensure that you play your part in contributing to a safe and secure South Africa for all, said Lt Gen Mgwenya.
The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Khehla Sitole says the addition of more recruits is to respond to the policing demand in communities.
These new recruits are seen as a force multiplier to ensure that we strengthen frontline policing. Our hope is that these young people will assist us to realise the NDP (2030) vision which envisions that people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and enjoy a community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in the street and children should be able to play safely outside.
All trainees are expected to pass all modules in the Basic Police Development Learning Programme to be declared fit to join the Service as a constable. Those that are found to be competent will graduate in a passing-out parade that will be held in December 2019 at the various SAPS Academies.
Source: South African Police Service