Identikit Artist








What is an Identikit Artist?

An Identikit Artist works at Facial Identification Sections that is part of the Criminal Record Centres in the South African Police Service.

The identikit artist renders support in the investigation of crime cases by means of facial identification techniques.

The identikit artist provides the modus operandi of wanted persons or suspects and compiles faces.

What does an Identikit Artist do?

  • helps police to combat or solve crimes
  • listens to witnesses 
  • draws faces that are described by witnesses (criminals or missing persons)
  • tries to make the ‘faces’ as realistic as possible for easy recognition

Are you … ?

  • interested in crime solving?
  • a good artist?
  • a person who can draw faces?
  • a good listener?
  • reliable?

How do I become an Identikit Artist?

What are the minimum requirements to become an Identikit Artist?

  • To become an identikit artist one has to complete the Basic Crime Investigation course that is presented internally by the South African Police Service. 
  • You must be in possession of a Senior Certificate (Grade 12) and a Code 08 Drivers Licence. 
  • The completion of Basic Police Training and computer literacy are recommendations.


  • The identikit artist undergoes a three (3) week Facial Identification Course that is presented internally by the South African Police Service.

Where can you be stationed?

  • In the South African Police Service, identikit artists are stationed at any Local Criminal Record Centre in one of the following areas: Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Pietersburg, Krugersdorp, Port Elizabeth, George, Witbank and Nelspruit.

Information supplied by SAPS.

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Graphic Designer or Mosaic Artist

Is becoming an Identikit Artist the right career choice for me?