POLICE RECRUITMENT: 911, 438 APPLY.
** 338, 227 SHORTLISTED ELECTRONICALLY FOR SCREENING.
***Benue, Kogi with highest applicants; Lagos with lowest.
The Police Service Commission disclosed on Thursday that a total of 338, 227 applicants out of the 911, 438 that applied for the 10, 000 available Police jobs, have been shortlisted to partake in the screening exercise starting from Monday 6th of June 2016, nationwide.
Addressing the media in Abuja on the recruitment exercise, Chairman of the Commission, Sir Mike Okiro noted that out of those shortlisted, 44, 661 applicants are for Cadet ASP, 87, 736 are for Cadet Inspector and 205, 830 are for Constables.
The commission confirmed that Benue state had the highest number of applicants with 29, 560, Kogi state came second with over 19, 000 applicants while Lagos state had one of the least with just over 2000 applicants.
The Chairman further stated that for the cadet ASP/Inspectors, 12 qualified persons will be taken from every state while for the Constables, 10 persons will be taken from every local government.
Okiro disclosed that invitation letters have been sent to the successful applicants for each state screening through bulk sms and to their email addresses adding, the invitation states the date for each person’s screening and venue of the screening.
“This is to avoid crowding the venue and also allow for meticulous screening. No candidate will be admitted into any venue or appear on any date other than those allocated to him/her” he said.
Explaining how the number of shortlisted applicants came about from the almost a million that applied, Okiro said, “At the close of the recruitment portal on May 13, 2016, a total of 911, 438 candidates had successfully applied into the three entry points into the police.
“Out of this number, 262, 426 applied for Cadet ASP, 211, 832 applied for Cadet Inspector and 437, 144 for Constables. You will recall that the filling and submission of the forms were done online with no person to person interface”.
“The initial screening was done electronically. Those who did not meet the requirements were weeded out by the computer. They include persons with mismatched certificate for declared vacancies (specialists), wrong choice of cadre, physically unfit persons (who filled the column-unsure), and those disqualified by year of birth.
The years of birth needed for persons to qualify are 1988 for ASPs/Inspectors; 1991 for Constables and 1984 for Specialists. All educational certificates should not be earlier than 2007 other than FSLC; candidates without NYSC discharge certificates, candidates without the required five credits including Mathematics and English as well as those with multiple applications also were weeded out.
Emphasizing that only those who qualified were invited for the next stage, were invited for physical screening, the Chairman said the screening will involve height measurement, chest measurement, impediment in speech, defective eye sight, bow leg, knocked knee, flat feet, bent arms, deformed hands, gross malformation of teeth, bent knee and amputation of any part of the body.
“After that, we will proceed to the next level which will examine alteration on certificates, alteration on birth certificate/declaration of age, incongruence between educational certificates and date of birth, statement of result more than 5 years old, invalid qualification, indigene certificate”.
Okiro added that “After the state screening, successful candidates will be invited to a zonal screening holding in the 12 zonal headquarters in the country. This will involve medical test. The interview in Abuja will climax the recruitment exercise where those who emerged from the zonal screening will be interviewed and successful ones selected for training”.