Youngsters encouraged to enlist in the police force

Cnst Thokozani Malevu of Brighton Beach SAPS Vispol showcases one of the 1000 flyers that were distributed by W/O JJ Sonnekus and Cpt Louise Le Roux.

Brighton Beach SAPS hosted a flyer campaign at the Oxford intersection to encourage the youth to enlist in the SAPS Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP).

The objective was to create awareness on an imbizo that was hosted at the Montclair Recreational Hall, situated along Wood Road, Montclair.

The flyers, which were created by Brighton Beach media officer, Cpt Louise Le Roux, also lists the basic enlistment requirement, the training phases and remuneration levels while undertaking the 21 month training course.

The police invites applicants to register in the Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP).

Young, energetic, physically and mentally fit individuals, who are dedicated to serving their country and communities and wish to pursue a career in policing are invited to join.

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Basic enlistment requirements are:

  • Apply on the application form as determined by the National Commissioner and affirm under oath or by way of solemn declaration that the information furnished in the application form is true and correct.
  • Be a South African Citizen of which documentary proof must be furnished.
  • Be at least 18-years-old and under 30 years of which documentary proof must be furnished.
  • Be in possession of a grade 12 school certificate or National Certificate (Vocation).
  • Be in possession of a valid light motor vehicle drivers’ license. Only 10 percent of the total allocated trainees will be allowed without a valid driver’s license.
  • Provide proof of residence.
  • Submit themselves to undergo a physical and psychological assessment as determined by the national commissioner, and must be found physically and psychologically fit for an appointment in the post for which he/she applies for.
  • Be proficient in at least two official languages of one must be English. Be prepared to take the oath of office.
  • Be prepared to undergo training as determined by the national commissioner.
  • Not have any tattoo marks of which will be visible when wearing the SAPS summer uniform.
  • Have no previous criminal convictions and/or pending criminal, civil, disciplinary cases and such person shall allow his or her fingerprints to be taken and allow background enquiries to be made.
  • Not have been declared unfit to possess a firearm.
  • Be prepared to serve anywhere in the republic.
  • Must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30.
  • Male applicants must have a waist circumference  102 cm, and female applicant must have a waist circumference of  88cm.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a DNA sample.

The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act, Act 37 of 2013 requires that all new appointments in the South African Police Service as from January 31, 2015 provide a buccal (inside cheek) sample to determine their forensic DNA profile.

The forensic DNA profile derived from the sample will be loaded to the Elimination Index of the National Forensic DNA Database.

The BPDLP is a 21 month training course:

Phase 1:  One month at a designated police station.

Phase 2: Eight months basic training at a designated SAPS Academy (with practical training at designated police station).

Probation phase: After successful completion of the Induction and Basic Training Phases, the police trainee shall be appointed as member of service under probation for a period of 12 months.

During the basic training phase of the programme, the SAPS shall provide free training gear, meals and accommodation.

Remuneration for the induction phase and training phases will be stipend at R4500.  Remuneration during the Probation Phase (upon completion of the training period) will be set at the first notch of Band A: currently R164, 109 per annum.

In addition, appointees will receive the applicable service benefits. Medical benefit will be provided for the 21 month training period.

Trainees will be considered for permanent appointment as members of the SAPS upon successful completion of the basic training learning programme (21 month period).

  • Application forms can be sourced from your nearest police station.
  • Your fully completed application form and attached certified copies of required documentary proof can be dropped off at your nearest police station during office hours which are 7:30am to 3:45pm, Mondays to Friday. Closing date is June 15.

 

  AUTHOR
Nikita Chiniah
Journalist

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