Police relax recruiting rule amid staffing issues

South African police will cover the cost of a TAFE test for recruitment applicants, but say it is no longer a mandatory part of an application for membership as the force is struggling with a staff shortage.

The 3.5 hour literacy and numeracy exams, run by TAFE SA and held fortnightly, cost $148.50 for an adult and $126.50 for a concession.

But South African police say the fee will be waived for a limited time and will no longer be a prerequisite for submitting an application to join the force.

“For a limited time only, South Australia Police are accepting applications without the pre-requisite of passing the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA,” SAPOL said on its Facebook page.

“You can APPLY NOW and after reviewing your application you will be invited to take the SAPOL recruitment test with TAFE SA at no cost to you.”

The test – which covers spelling, reading comprehension, written expression and computer skills – is not required for applicants with an ATAR score above 70 or a bachelor’s degree or higher from an Australian university.

SAPOL’s decision to temporarily subsidize testing comes after Police Commissioner Grant Stevens revealed earlier in the week that three cadet training courses – equivalent to 90 new police stations – had been canceled due to a lack of of candidates.

Stevens told a parliamentary estimates committee on Wednesday that SAPOL is contacting officers who have recently retired or resigned to gauge their interest in joining the force.

The state police union, meanwhile, this week passed a vote of no confidence in SAPOL’s district police model.

Malinauskas’ government set up a “prime minister’s task force” to provide recommendations on how to increase police numbers.

The working group must submit its report before the end of the year.

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