A Vocation for Future Security

There are those South Africans who have jobs, whilst others forge out careers. And then there are those who respond to a calling, and work is their vocation in life.


Working for the South African Police Service (SAPS) is one such vocation according to False Bay College Academic Head for NC(V) and NATED programmes, Melanie Vermaak, who addressed graduates selected for an Internship with the SAPS as part of the Induction for Safety in Society (SIS) held on Friday 2 May at the False Bay College Conference Venue.

Ten SIS graduates were selected on the basis of their academic performance and individual merit.  They form part of a group of 50 Western Cape candidates including 10 interns from Northlink College who are participating in a nationwide, one-year internship under the auspices of SASSETA.

Present at the Induction were SAPS Station Commanders and designated mentors, as well as Lt. Col. Collins, the SAPS Western Cape Training Co-ordinator.

Col. Collins spoke about the standards expected of the interns as well as the significance of the opportunity made available to them.  The SAPS have devoted considerable time, energy and preparation into the programme specifically structured for the interns to ensure that they develop their full potential as highly effective SAPS recruits.

Speaking to all the interns, academic staff and SAPS officers present, National SIS Focus Group Co-ordinator, Mr Conway Evertson, emphasised the quality of the NC(V) SIS Programme, continuously developed in consultation with the SAPS.

Academic standards are competitive and graduates going onto to tertiary studies in the legal field find it hugely beneficial. The three-year programme also integrates physical fitness training in line with the exacting standards required by the SAPS;  thus instilling in students a high level of personal integrity and self-discipline.

The one-year Internship also incorporates experiential training in Crime Prevention, Crime Investigation and Crime Intelligence, and within Community Service Centres. Each intern is directly linked to an experienced mentor and they gain practical experience in serving their communities while developing vital skills for their chosen careers.