SAPS Training Resumes After Covid-19 Delays
After two years of not taking place the South African Police Service (SAPS) have announced the resumption of their police training programme.
After two years of not taking place, the South African Police Service (SAPS) have announced the resumption of their police training programme.
In a statement, SAPS announced that the training of recruits will resume soon. They were scheduled to start training recruits in March 2020. However, the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant they could not resume training.
"It should be noted and emphasised that this information is only directed to the applicants who applied during the said period and were subjected to all recruitment and selection processes and were only waiting to be subjected to a medical assessment" explained SAPS.
SAPS says that social distancing requirements made it impossible to conduct basic training of new recruits. This as the training involves extensive physical contact.
They added, "The recruitment process had already reached an advanced stage with recruits having undergone various stages in the recruitment and selection process and were only awaiting the final stage where they were to be subjected to a medical assessment".
As training recommences, SAPS will receive an SMS from a provincial recruit office requesting them to report to a venue. Their fingerprints will then be taken to determine their criminal status or previous convictions.
Applicants will also be expected to bring along the following original documents as well as three copies of each document:
- Drivers Licence (If applicable/not a necessity)
- National Senior Certificate
- NQF 5 qualification ((If applicable/not a necessity)
SAPS have also warned the public against false job advertisements. "The Department has not advertised any posts for entry-level police trainees currently and the public is encouraged to visit the SAPS website at www.saps.gov.za/careers and the Public Service Vacancy Circular (PSVC) for posts that are advertised".
A police clearance certificate is a prerequisite for employment in many occupations. Despite the introduction of the new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the South African Police Service (SAPS) has a backlog of over 85 000 clearance certificates.
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