Raises Age Limit to 35 for 2024/2025 Recruitment,

Raises Age Limit to 35 for 2024/2025 Recruitment, Unleashing a New Wave of Crime Fighters

  • SAPS Expands Recruitment Age Limit to 35: In a bold move to strengthen crime-fighting efforts and enhance public safety, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced a significant change in its recruitment strategy. The age limit for potential recruits has been extended up to 35 years old, reflecting SAPS’s commitment to tapping into a broader pool of talent and experience.
  • Aiming for More “Boots on the Ground”: The decision to raise the age limit aligns with SAPS’s goal of increasing its personnel to effectively combat evolving crime trends. The organization’s leadership, including Deputy Minister of Police Cassel Mathale and National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola, emphasizes the importance of dedicated, passionate candidates who are ready to serve and protect their communities. By adding more officers, SAPS seeks to bolster its response to emerging challenges in crime prevention and enforcement.
  • Recruitment Process and Basic Requirements: Prospective candidates interested in joining SAPS under the new age limit can access application forms from the SAPS website and police stations starting from August 5, 2023. As part of the recruitment drive, SAPS plans to train an additional 10,000 recruits within the 2024/2025 period, with the new cohort commencing training in April 2024. The basic eligibility criteria include South African citizenship, possession of a matric certificate, and a clean criminal record.

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