South African Police Service: Volunteers – Reservists

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The South African Police Service invites members of the community that is energetic, intelligent,
physically and mentally fit and that is dedicated with the desire to serving their country on a voluntary basis as Reservists, to assist the South African Police Service in the fight against crime.

A Reservist performs voluntary duty in the South African Police Service without any expectation of receiving compensation for such duty.

Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless………

In terms of the Regulations of the South African Reserve Police Service you may be called up by the
National Commissioner to perform duties in order to strengthen and support the Police in performing
its constitutional mandate as set out in Section 205 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,
1996 and that you will not receive remuneration (unless so called up).

You will be expected to perform a minimum of sixteen (16) hours voluntary duty per month.

In accordance National Instruction 3 of 2014 of The Reserve Police Service the following persons will not be considered:
*Applicants who previously served in a Government Department and who were dismissed as a result of misconduct, or discharge as medically unfit from a previous employer are excluded;
*Members of the Regular Force of the National Defence Force referred to in section 52 of the Defence Act, 2002 (Act No. 42 of 2002);
*Holds a key position as determined by the Department of Labour.
*Holds any post or office in a political party, organization movement or body;
*Is actively involved in politics or who is an outspoken supporter of a political party and who may violate the non-partisan nature of the Police;
*Is a full-time or part-time journalist;
*Does not have a fixed residential address;
*Is a scholar;
*Is a bouncer or chucker-out;
*Is a member of a municipal police service (including a local law enforcement officer);
*Is in any manner connected to a brothel, escort agency or any such undertaking;
*Is in any manner connected to a business or industry which had contracted with or
submitted a tender to the State to render a service of supply a product to the Police;
*Is in any manner whatsoever involved in – the private security industry / taxi industry / liquor trade or licences / private investigation services / operation of a scrap yard / micro lending services / tow-in or breakdown service / gambling industry / preparation or completion of applications for firearms licences / insurance investigations and investigations on behalf of agencies handling claims against the Road Accident Fund / trading in livestock, excluding such trading as part of bona fide farming activities / funeral undertaker

An appointment as a Reservist in the South African Police Service does not reserve any right or expectation to be translated, absorbed or appointed as an employee of the South African Police Service; or preferential treatment (of whatsoever nature) for consideration to be appointed as an employee of the South African Police Service. Should any Reservist wish to become an employee or a permanently employed member of the South African Police Service, the prescribed selection and appointment process of the South African Police Service will be followed and he/she must conform to all the prescribed requirements.

Recruitment / Selection / Appointment processes
*All applicants will be subjected to psychometric, medical evaluation at own expense and own medical practitioner / doctor and interview.
*The SAPS will also verify the criminal records, qualifications, driver’s license, citizenship and residential address of each applicant.
*Applicants will be subjected to a vetting process which will include security screening and fingerprint verification.
*The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act, Act 37 of 2013 requires that all new appointments in the SAPS as from 31 January 2015 provide a buccal (inside cheek) sample in order to determine their forensic DNA profile. The forensic DNA profile derived from the sample will be loaded to the Elimination Index of the National Forensic DNA Database.
*The SAPS will also publish the names of applicants in the newspapers for public comments.
*In view of the physical demands of the Reservist Training Programme, applicants with chronic diseases, physical impairments or any other health conditions will be excluded. Applicants’ failure to disclose the conditions will result in their withdrawal from the training programme on the determination thereof.
*In accordance with the SAPS Dress Order, applicants who have visible tattoos when wearing uniform will be excluded

Reservist Training Programme
Selected candidates will be invited to attend the Reservist Training Programme.
The Reservist Training Programme will not be a once-off event and therefore successful candidates
will have to avail themselves to attend the training sessions, after hours and on weekends due to your
work commitments. The training will consist of Orientation, distance learning, contact sessions,
formative and summative assessments. Interested candidates will have to avail themselves to attend
certain Learning areas (Orientation to SAPS / Law / Community Service Centre / Crime Investigation /
Crime Prevention / Street Survival).

The appointment as Reservist will only be effected on successful completion of the prescribed training.
Core Functions: Successful Reservists will perform general functional policing duties in sectors at
station level. As such, they will be carrying out one or more of the following functions:

  • Prevent, combat and investigate crime,
  • Maintain public order,
  • Protect and secure the inhabitants
    of the Republic and their property,
  • Uphold and enforce the law

How to apply:
 Complete the prescribed application form in your own handwriting. These application forms can be obtained from your nearest SAPS Recruitment office or local Police Stations.
 Applicants must take note of the fact that application forms are not for sale and any
payment offered by an applicant or promises provided in this regard will be investigated
and may lead to criminal prosecution. Applicants may report such incidents to the National Anti Corruption Line at telephone number: 0800 701 701.
 Specify the Station for which you are applying.
 Make sure you have signed your application form in front of a commissioner of oath.
 Attach certified copies of your:

  • ID Document,
  • Driver’s licence,
  • Matric/Senior
    Certificate (Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification),
  • Additional qualifications,
  • Proof of permanent employment,
  • Proof of residence.
     Submit two (2) colour ID photographs, one of which must be attached on the prescribed
    application form.

You are advised to apply to join as a reservist at a Station close to your place of residence as you will
have to commute to and from the station with your own transport.

You are advised to apply to join as a reservist at a Station close to your place of residence as you will have to commute to and from the station with your own transport.

Application forms must be hand delivered to:
A Your nearest Police Station (HRM office) or
B The Provincial Recruitment Centre

Western Cape
1st Floor Customs House
Lower Heerengracht Street
Cape town
Enquiries: Lt Col Visser
(021) 467 8388

Northern Cape
Ltiho Printers Building
19 George Street
Enquiries: Lt Col Senti
(053) 839 3776

16 Empire Road Parktown
Enquiries: Lt Col Henning
(011) 274 7455

North West
2nd Floor Wespol Building
Corner Mandela Drive and
Peter Mokaba Street
Enquiries: Lt Col Koloti
(018) 299 7806

Kwazulu Natal
6Th floor Servamus Building
Braam Fischer Road
Enquiries: Lt Col Govender
(031) 325 4808

Eastern Cape
Old Griffiths Mxenge
Building Buffalo Street
East London
Enquiries: Lt Col Matthassen
(040) 608 7157

Free State
NO 126 Charlotte Mxeke
Street Metpol Building 5th floor
Enquiries: Lt Col Tshesebe
(051) 507 6407

44 Schoeman Street
Landbank Building
Enquiries: Lt Col Kgadima
(015) 290 6024

4 Emhke Street
Enquiries: Lt Col Nkosi
(013) 762 4810

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Correspondence will be conducted with successful candidates only. The South African Police Service is
under no obligation to appoint any one in accordance with the advertisement. If you have not received feedback from the South African Police Service within 3 months of the closing date, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

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