First batch of 10k SAPS recruits starts on Monday

About 4,500 recruits are set to begin training with the South African Police Service on Monday. The second batch of 5 500 recruits is expected to start training in January 2025. These are the first batch of 10 000 recruits for the 2024/2025 financial year.


National police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe, says SAPS received more than one million applications.

"The recruitment and selection of suitable candidates who conform to all the basic requirements is of paramount importance to the continued success of the work and mandate of the SAPS. Final selection is based on merit, and the process is free from bias, nepotism, and discrimination,’’ said Brigadier Athlenda Mathe.

"Upon completing the Basic Police Development Learning Programme, the newly trained constables will reinforce policing capacity at high-crime stations, detective units and specialised units, such as Public Order Policing,’’ she added.

According to Mathe, SAPS has in the last two years trained and deployed 20 000 police officers to stations and units to bolster policing and efforts to prevent and combat crime.

‘’Three years ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for enhanced police personnel capacity to combat crime. This prompted the SAPS to undertake a vigorous national recruitment and selection process known as Project 10 000,’’ said Brigadier Athlenda Mathe.


Done By: Mitchum George


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