Do SAPS reservists get paid?

A police reservist is a member of the community who performs part-time policing functions or activities for SAPS on a voluntary basis without being paid.

How to become a police reservist

If you want to perform policing activities for the South African Police Service (SAPS) on a voluntary basis, you must apply to become a police reservist.

 A police reservist is a member of the community who performs part-time policing functions or activities for SAPS on a voluntary basis without being paid.

You cannot be appointed as a reservist if you:

  • have been discharged as medically unfit from a previous employer
  • are a former member of the SAPS whose application for re-enlistment was rejected
  • hold any post or office in a political party
  • are a full-time journalist or media representative
  • are a scholar
  • are a security officer
  • are a member of a municipal police service.   

The full list of conditions is available on the SAPS website.

To become a reservist you must:

  • have permanent residence in the Republic of South Africa
  • be at least be 25 years old and under 40 years of age
  • have no any mental defect, disease or infirmity which may interfere with the proper execution of your duties
  • be of good character
  • successfully complete psychometric tests as may be determined by the national commissioner
  • have at least a senior certificate or equivalent qualification of which you must provide documentary proof
  • be able to speak, read and write at least two official languages, of which one must be English
  • allow your fingerprints to be taken
  • not have been found guilty of an offence or be under prosecution of an offence
  • be prepared to undergo training
  • take the oath of office
  • have no visible tattoos when wearing a uniform.

How Much Does a Reserve Police Officer Get Paid?

Reserve officers are compensated with non-financial rewards. They wear uniforms, may receive firearms at certain levels, and ride in police vehicles alongside sworn officers. They gain leaderships skills and become effective spokespersons for their communities. They’re able to see law enforcement from the inside, and can decide whether they would like to pursue a career in this profession. When regular job openings do occur, experience in the reserves is a highly regarded qualification.