How much does a SAPS trainee earn?

During the training phase, trainees will receive a R4,500 stipend. According to salary data for South African police officers from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), SAPS salaries range between R175,000 and R407,000.

Recruitment will take place in the following streams:

Stream 1

  • Applicants in possession of a Senior Certificate / National Senior Certificate / National Certificate (Vocational);
  • Applicants who successfully completed the Military Skills Cadet Development Programme with the South African National Defence Force;
  • Successful applicants in Stream 1 will undergo a 21 month training programme consisting of three phases:
    • Induction Phase – One month at a designated police station.
    • Basic Training Phase – Eight months Basic Training at a designated SAPS Academy.
    • Probation Phase – After successful completion of the Induction and the Basic Training Phase, the police trainee shall be appointed as a member of the Service under probation for a period of 12 months.

Stream 2

  • Applicants who fully completed a three (3) year National Diploma / Degree recorded on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) on at least a NQF 6 or higher level in Law / Policing / Criminology / Law Enforcement / Forensic Investigation.
  • Applications close on the 15th October 2019 and it must be noted that the Service will no longer receive applications after the closing date.
  • Successful candidates will be notified telephonically and will undergo a 21-month training programme at any SAPS Academy nationwide.

If applicants have not heard or received an official correspondence from the SAPS within three months of the closing date, applicants should consider their application as unsuccessful, the police service said.