On 27 January 1995 the South African Police Service Act, 1995
(Act No 68 of 1995) was promulgated.
On 27 January 2005 the SAPS celebrated its 10th Anniversary as
a service to the South African Democracy. As of that year 27 January
is celebrated as National Police Day.
National Police Days are also celebrated in countries across the
world, such as Russia, the USA, Singapore, England, Wales and Australia,
annually giving recognition to the services rendered by their respective
The National Police Day in South Africa has been declared to signify
the date and anniversary of the establishment of the SAPS, to give
recognition to the service rendered by our members and to honour
those who have paid with their lives to protect and serve all people
in South Africa.
This day also indicates to local and international communities
that the SAPS is honoured and respected for the law and order and
the safety and security it provides for South Africa and its people.
It shows that the SAPS has the full support of Government.
The focus for this year celebrations is specifically on promoting
partnerships with the community in fighting crime. This focus is
in line with the Apex Priorities announced by government. The priorities
were compiled to enhance cooperation among all sectors of society
and thus speed up change.
Apex Priority 20 deals with enhancing community involvement through
partnerships in the fight against crime. This also gave rise to
the central communication theme of ACT Against Crime Together.