The South African Police Service recruitments of police trainees are is still on hold due to Covid-19.
This is according to SAPS after the recruitment process was scheduled to commence in January 2021. However, a formal announcement will be made by Management.
“The Service had intended to train 7000 youth within its ranks in a bid to capacitate and bolster crime fighting initiatives at all 1154 police stations and service points in South Africa. The recruitment process had already reached an advanced stage with recruits having undergone a rigorous process to determine their eligibility to serve as men and women in blue, when it was suspended,” read the statement.
The basic training of new recruits involves extensive physical contact and with the current Covid-19 restrictions, it will not be possible to subject new recruits to a basic training curriculum without increasing the risk of exposing them to being infected with the virus.
“It is also worth mentioning that SAPS received in excess of half a million applications for recruitment and it would not have been possible to inform each applicant individually about the decision to suspend the process.”