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Community members are encouraged to become involved and to ACT against crime together by becoming police reservists.

What is a police reservist?

A police reservist is a member of the community who volunteers his or her service to perform policing functions for the South African Police Service (SAPS). Reservists work in their free time and do not get paid for their services. They have similar powers as permanent police officials.

Who may become a police reservist?

Any member of the community may become a police reservist. But you must:

  • be a permanent resident in South Africa
  • not be younger than 18 and not older than 70
  • complete a medical questionnaire
  • speak English and one other official language
  • have no previous criminal convictions
  • be willing to have your fingerpriints taken
  • be willing to undergo the required training
  • be willing to take an oath
  • have no visible tattoos when wearing uniform
  • have grade 12 or a similar qualification if you wish to be appointed for category A, B or C.
  • be prepared to undergo psychometric assessment (a way of measuring mental and emotional factors) if you wish to be appointed for category A (functional policing).

You don't need a driver's licence to become a police

How can I apply?

To apply to become a police reservist, take the following documents to your nearest police station:

  • a copy of your ID document
  • a copy of your highest academic qualification (education level)
  • a letter of consent from your parent or guardian if you are under 21 years
  • a copy of your driver's or learner driver's licence.

Category A:
Functional Policing
You will wear a police uniform and  perform duties like receiving complaints at the Community Service Centre and patrols.

Category B:
Support Services
You may not wear a police uniform and will do administrative work like typing and filing of documents.

Category C:
Specialised Functional Policing
You may wear a police uniform and you must have skills that can be used by the police. This category is suitable for people with special skills like pilots,
doctors, and divers.

Category D:
Rural and Urban Safety
You may wear a police uniform. You will perform duties in your policing sector under the supervision of a permanent SAPS official or experienced Category A reservist, if necessary.

For more information about police reservists, contact your nearest police station, or visit the SAPS website at www.saps.gov.za