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SAPS Academy Paarl

The first Police University is well underway to enrich the South African Police Service with additional skills.

On 30 January 2014, the Minister of Police (click here for his opening remarks) with the National Commissioner officially opened the first Police University in South Africa in Paarl, Western Cape.

Owing to a partnership between the South African Police Service and the University of South African (UNISA), the first 125 students began their studies towards a Bachelor of Police Degree eagerly and with much anticipation.  The establishment of the Police University is an achievement of one of the goals of the National Development Plan of Government to professionalize the South African Police Service.

The Police University will:

  • Ensure that the South African Police Service is able to remain innovative and able to respond to crime challenges facing South Africa.
  • Produce officers who will render a professional service to the public and equip police members with skills to deal with complex international crimes.
  • Help to instill discipline, police culture and patriotism among the members of the South African Police Service.
  • Empower police members by developing their specialized knowledge and assist them to acquire specific technical know-how, as well as academic expertise.

The University will offer a Bachelor Police Science Degree as well as Accredited Leadership and Management Programmes which will be tailored to suit the developing needs of the police.

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