Police Officer

Job description

Police officers uphold law through the detection, prevention and  investigation of crime.

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.

Potential Employers

  • 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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