The South African Police Services welcomed 5 000 basic training recruits this week.
In an attempt to increase station level operations and meet policing demands, they have increased their intake from 4 000.
After undergoing a strict recruitment process to ensure that high-calibre candidates are selected, they will undergo a 21-month Basic Police Development Learning Programme (DPDLP).
The Deputy National Commissioner for Human Resource Management in the SAPS, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya said the lack of policing staff has caused crime to get out of hand throughout the country leading to the demand in certain areas.
Out of the 5 000 trainees, 1 580 are female and 3 420 are male and will be expected to pass all modules in their training in order to be deemed fit to join the Service as a Constable.