The Sovereign Base Area Police are close to appointing its first new batch of recruits since 2008 after more than 2,000 initial applications, it said.
Police Chief Constable Mick Matthews said the recruitment campaign was being concluded after a 10-month process that saw potential officers put through gruelling fitness and aptitude tests, medicals and fire arms training.
Speaking ahead of officially announcing what is expected to be approximately 30 new police officers, the chief constable said the lengthy process was essential in order to ensure the best candidates were selected to join the force.
“We wanted to ensure from the outset that every applicant was aware of the high standards we were seeking and what was required from them. However, nothing could have prepared us for the incredible response we received, with a total of 2,150 applications received during the three week window for these to be submitted,” he said.
The successful candidates had to undertake the fitness tests and those who achieved the required level moved onto the literacy and numeracy assessments.
“Of the 1,200 that undertook the test, a total of 708 were successful, 617 males and 91 females and they were invited to the next recruitment stage to undertake a series of challenging written exams,” said Matthews.
A total of 210 passed the examination stage.
The remaining candidates, which constitute less than 10 per cent of the initial number of applicants, recently completed the final interview stage and are now waiting to hear whether or not they will be called forward to undertake a medical and firearms assessment.