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If you would like to perform policing duties, but do not want to join the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a permanent member, you could consider becoming a reservist. A reservist is a member of the community who performs policing duties or activities for the SAPS on a voluntary basis without being paid for those services.

A person can become a reservist in one of the following categories as determined for police reservists:

Category A Reservists: Functional Policing

Category B Reservists: Support Services

Category C Reservists: Specialised Functional Policing

Category D Reservists: Rural and Urban Sector Policing

A reservist who is appointed in one category can be transferred to any other category if he or she meets all the requirements for the specific category and has undergone or is willing to undergo the required training for that category.

What are the requirements for becoming a reservist?

In terms of the Regulations for the South African Police Reserve Service (Government Gazette, 22 March 2002 ) the requirements for becoming a reservist are as follows:

What should I do to become a reservist?

When you have decided that you want to become a reservist you should:

Ensure that you take the following documentation along to the police station:

If you are found to be suitable:

For more information contact your nearest police station.

(This information was taken from the SAPS website: )

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