What's Needed To Become A SAPS Volunteer

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Becoming a SAPS volunteer can give you an advantage in terms of practical experience if you wish to become an official member of the South African Police Service. Here are the requirements you have to meet in order to become one of them. 


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A reservist is a person appointed by the National Commissioner as a member of the Reserve Police Service to render services as a volunteer in support of the Police.

What are the requirements for an appointment?

In order to consider candidate must comply with the following, basic enlistment requirements:

  • Be a South African citizen by birth
  • Be at least 25, but under 40 years of age, of which documentary proof must be furnished
  • Complete a health questionnaire, at his or her own cost, which is confirmed by a registered medical practitioner
  • Be medically, mentally and physically fit to perform duties
  • Be of good and sound character
  • Fit the psychometric profile and must successfully complete any other test that may be determined by the National Commissioner
  • Be in possession of at least a senior certificate (Grade 12) or must have successfully completed a SAQA accredited NQF level 4 qualification, of which documentary proof must be provided
  • Be able to speak, read and write at least two official languages, of which one must be English
  • Allow your fingerprints and a DNA sample to be taken
  • Be prepared to undergo such training as may be determined by the National Commissioner
  • Be prepared to take the prescribed oath of office
  • Understand that your services may be terminated at the age of 60
  • Complete an assessment questionnaire
  • Be vetted or screened
  • Be employed and provide proof of employment provide proof of your residential address
  • Not have a criminal record or any criminal or departmental cases pending against you (all criminal or departmental cases must be declared)
  • Not having a tattoo that will be visible if the person wears a uniform. 

The recruitment of new reservists is based on the operational needs and priorities of the SAPS and the need to acquire specialised skills and competencies to ensure that suitable community members are recruited.


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