The South African Police Service has launched a pilot project to produce distinguished women and men in blue.
The National Certificate Vocational Safety in Society is a joint project between the SAPS and the Department of Education. It was launched at the SAPS College in Pretoria yesterday.
Gary Kruserby, police divisional commissioner of training, described the three-year course as a "vocationally-oriented qualification equivalent to a matric certificate".
It would be piloted at five further education and training colleges in four provinces.
The colleges are Thekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, Buffalo City and King Sabata Dalindyebo colleges in Eastern Cape, False Bay in Western Cape and Tshwane North in Gauteng.
The project will accommodate 500 trainees who have passed at least Grade 9, and will start next January.
Trainees Lindiwe Msipha, of Springs in Ekurhuleni, and Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, of Pretoria, expressed their passion for careers in the police service and their eagerness to help combat the escalating crime rate in the country.