Requirements To Become A Police Officer Set To Change

The requirements to be a Police Officer in South Africa are set to change as Police Minister, Bheki Cele, published the South African Police Service Amendment Bill.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) already had a set of requirements in place for anyone wishing to become a police officer concerning education and mental and physical fitness. 

The new changes to the requirements will place more importance on the applicant's background.

Every person who applies to become a police officer will take part in an integrity test to test their personalities. 

Included in this test will be:

  • fingerprint work
  • a DNA sample taken through a cheek swab sample so that they can analyse the applicant's DNA
  • a lie detector test
  • determination of contracts with the state
  • disclosure of income and expenses
  • financial disclosures
  • whether the person is a member of any entities, eg. boards, directorships, institutions, etc.

The completion of this integrity test will be compulsory for applicants and must be performed by the SAPS division responsible for Human Resources.

A lifestyle audit will also be done should they suspect that the person is living above their income. 

This audit will check if there are gaps or indicators that the applicant is living beyond their means or that they are abusing power or influence for personal gain at that time or a later stage.

The audit has to be done by the SAPS’ intelligence division. All SAPS members might also have to be tested for drugs.

These changes will definitely see a positive movement in the trust South Africans have in law enforcement as this year cast light on the abuse some citizens undergo through SAPS members. 


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