SAPS starts training first batch of new recruits

SAPS starts training first batch of new recruits

About 4,500 recruits are set to begin training with the South African Police Service on Monday. 

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In his State of the Nation Address this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would recruit 10,000 additional cops in the 2024/2025 financial year.


The second batch of 5,500 recruits is expected to start training in January 2025.


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.


"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.”


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