South African Police Service
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South African Police Service Careers and Employment

About the company

  • CEO
    Lieutenant General Godfrey
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  • Founded
  • Company size
    more than 10,000
  • Industry
    Government & Public Administration
  • Headquarters
  • Link
    South African Police Service website

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is the national police force of the Republic of South Africa. Its 1116 police stations in South Africa are divided according to the provincial borders, and a Provincial Commissioner is appointed in each province. The 9 Provincial Commissioners report directly to the National Commissioner.

The Constitution of South Africa lays down that the South African Police Service has a responsibility to prevent, combat and investigate crime, maintain public order, protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, uphold and enforce the law, create a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa, prevent anything that may threaten the safety or security of any community, investigate any crimes that threaten the safety or security of any community, ensure criminals are brought to justice and participate in efforts to address the causes of crime.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR in Bloemfontein, Free State
on 21 November 2022
Very challenging and stressful

There are insufficient funds and resources. Lack of expertise in many fields. Nepotism is the order of the day. The manpower at the institution is extremely low and does not meet the needs of the communities.

Administration Clerk in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
on 17 November 2022
Difficult to work there because of corruption and connections

To work at South Africa police Service firstly was a joy to until I experienced the corruption based how to get a permanent post also I had experienced that its not easy work there

HRM Intern in Cape Town, Western Cape
on 24 October 2022

It is good to work from HRM SAPS because i like to learn new things so was doing different kind of jobs and i obey the office rule,working individual and as a team treating my colleague with respect and also them respect me. There is nothing was bad in that Company.

Police officer in Mthatha, Eastern Cape
on 16 October 2022
Interesting place to work you get to meet all kinds of characters and handling of different types of behavior and problem and trauma and all

You get a lot of skills being a police officer,you meet different types of people from criminals to crazies ,it's tough you have to be mentally fit and physically fit ,you get the old types of management that mostly are backwards and not updated with understanding the wellness of employees, you get treated like a criminal but if you're strong you come out best, fight crime and do your best and all is well,one mistake you are the worst criminal but it's a nice job if you love helping people.

Investigator in KwaZulu natal eshowe
on 12 October 2022
At some point I do achieve my goals but sometimes no. It depends on the work load. But I try hard to achieve my goals.

I do enjoy my job but there's is no growth at all. I think it is because of the unit structure... You get promoted after 12 years in one post but if you are lucky you get a post before that 12 years.

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