Duties can include:
- interviewing suspected criminals
- taking statements
- writing crime reports
- dealing with paperwork
- gathering prosecution evidence
- giving evidence in court
- fostering good relationships with the public
- patrolling areas by foot and car
- making and processing arrests
- searching suspects
- responding to emergencies
- offering advice and reassurance to the public
- controlling traffic/crowds
- keeping the peace/mediating in tense situations
Where To Study
You need to have a national senior certificate for matric.
Degree: Policing BTech UNISA
Diploma: Policing NDip UNISA, Vaal University of Technology
College: Police students will be sent on a training course in June at one of the following South African police training colleges: Pretoria, Hammanskraal, Bishop Lavis, Wentworth.
The training consists of 6 months theoretical work and six months practical work in various police stations in the province.
Prospective police officers must:
- undergo a strict selection procedure
- be a South African citizen
- be between 18 – 35 years of age
- be a minimum of 1, 67 metres tall (men)
- be a minimum of 1, 62 metres tall (women)
- have no mental or physical handicap
- have no criminal record
- be in possession of an 08 driver’s license
- be able to speak English and at least one other language
- take the oath of office.
- South African Police Services.
- Specialist forces.
- The Ministry of Defense Police.
- Metropolitan Police.
- self-employment, eventually could open own business, such as a private investigator.
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