Police recruits undergo a Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP) when they enlist in the South African Police Service. Upon recruitment, a Memorandum of Agreement is entered into between the South African Police Service and the police recruit for a contract period of 24 months. During this period, the recruit will be a police trainee and will undergo the Basic Police Development Learning Programme. The purpose of the Basic Police Development Learning Programme is to enable newly-appointed police officials to –
The course is presented at the accredited SAPS academies earmarked to present the Basic Police Development Learning Programme. The SAPS have the following academies:
STRUCTURE OF THE BPDLP
The duration of the Learning Programme will be 24 months, of which 12 months will be at the Academy and 12 months in the workplace. It will consist of two phases at the academy and one phase in the workplace.
Phase One: Academy (10 months)
Phase Two: Workplace experience (12 months)
Phase Three: Academy (2 months)
When police trainees complete the training and are found competent, they are permanently enlisted in the South African Police Service as constables.
Payment and benefits during the first 24 months
A police trainee will receive the following payment and benefits during the first 24 months:
Phase 2 and 3: 12 months in the workplace at a station and two months integrated assessment at the Academy
Permanent appointment after 24 months:
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