SAPS Application Process

SAPS Application Process can be a bit complicated. However, this page provides necessary information about the South African Police Service (SAPS) Application Process.

SAPS Application process


SAPS Application Selection procedure or Process

Shortlisting is a common method of selection. The Assessment Centre approach is used, which consists of individual and group tasks aimed at eliciting behavior typical of senior management. Candidates take part in the competition while being watched by carefully trained observers (panel members). The exercises are simulations of certain police management activities that are used to measure managerial abilities. Written content as well as behavior simulations are included.

Approval of Appointments

Various panels’ recommendations are compiled and given to the national panel for consideration. All recommendations are subject to the National Commissioner’s review and approval. Appointments at salary levels 13 and up are ineffective unless the National Commissioner approves them.

You can view the SAPS Application Form 2022 | South African Police Service


Successful candidates are normally employed on an interim basis in accordance with the Senior Management Service (SMS) regulations, and must submit —

  • A Performance Agreement
  • An Employee Contract
  • Full Disclosure of Financial Interests
  • Be Subjected to A Security Clearance.

Confirmation of Appointments

It takes effect once appropriateness certificates and certificates of acceptance are received and certified at Head Office by the relevant province or division. Appointment letters have now been sent to successful candidates.

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Benjamin Machira
Benjamin Machira
12 days ago

I’m a Zimbabwean citizen and need to join the SAPS