Commissioned Police Officer

OFO No: 134913


What is a Commissioned Police Officer?

  • A Commissioned Police Officer is a senior position and they are in charge of the management and support of running a police force in a designated area.


What does a Commissioned Police Officer do?

  • plans and draws up budgets
  • writes reports
  • co-ordinates with other law enforcements agencies and emergency service providers etc
  • monitors procedures
  • supervises
  • selects and trains staff

Are you … ?

  • a South African citizen?
  • a people’s person?
  • organised?
  • a good motivator?
  • disciplined?
  • good with numbers and maths?
  • logical thinker?
  • cool under pressure?
  • a person with strong moral values?

How do I become a Commissioned Police Officer?

You will need a matric and to be deemed medically fit.

Path 1

  • Complete your Basic Police Development Learning Programme (BPDLP)
  • For more info, look at ‘Career Information’ on the SAPS page. You can download their booklets.

Path 2

  • Apply for an officer’s post in the South African Police Service (SAPS)

Path 3

  • As you work your way up through the ranks, you will need more qualifications and experience before you reach the top

Officer ranks (Commissioned Officers) include:
1. Lieutenant
2. Captain
3. Major
4. Lieutenant Colonel
5. Colonel


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Fire Fighter and Body Guard

Is becoming a Commissioned Police Officer the right career choice for me?