THABAZIMBI – A group of five police trainees took to the road on Wednesday 24 February as part of their fitness assessment.
This group of police trainees are from Pretoria West College. Their Field training programme of 6 months commenced on 4 January and they’re now in stage 1. Their passing out will be in June 2011. The distance of 4km had to be covered along the Marakele road. Trainee police officers have to complete three stages of training over a period of two years. These stages are Basic Training (6 months), Field Training (6 months) and Probation (12 months) before they are appointed permanently.
Other than fitness there is also a learning programme, for which trainees have to complete assignments. Therefore, police trainees receive training on both a practical and a theoretical level.
Inspector Steven Papo, field training officer of the Thabazimbi Cluster, urges locals in possession of a driver’s licence, a matric certificate and a barcode ID who are interested in a career in the police to submit applications to him. The police is also recruiting reservists, for which different categories exist. A reservist applicant only has to be in possession of a matric certificate and barcode ID.