THE FIRST police recruitment drive in more than three years has seen an avalanche of applicants looking to take up officer roles in Gloucestershire.
Since the recruitment process opened to find the next generation of police constables to monitor the county, more than two thousand people have expressed an interest in joining Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Early problems experienced by hopefuls have been set aside since the job advert launched last week.
Technical issues included an incorrect web link to an eligibility test that was posted online.
The blip has not deterred the 2,024 applicants who registered an interest in proceeding to the next stage of the process.
The appeal went live on Monday, January 6 and a submission deadline for applicants was extended until last Sunday.
Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport says she is looking forward to welcoming the new recruits.
She said: “We are encouraged by the number of people who have registered their interest in applying to be a police officer with Gloucestershire Constabulary.
“We look forward to the next stage in the recruitment process.
“We are looking for a group of dedicated individuals, committed to what can sometimes be a very difficult job.
“However, I believe it's a privilege to be a police officer and the right people will find it a hugely rewarding experience.
“We are looking for motivated, dedicated and resourceful individuals to join the force.”
The new recruits will join a select band in the Gloucestershire Constabulary, which is marking its 175th year in 2014.
A series of high profile national incidents involving the police, including ‘Plebgate’ and the Mark Duggan shooting in London has placed policing under unprecedented scrutiny.
A three tiered application process will see those who have completed the eligibility test complete a series of online assessments.
They have until Friday to complete a behavioural styles questionnaire, to be followed by a situation judgement test to be filled in by Friday, January 24.
Successful applicants will then have relevant forms sent out to formally apply for one of the 24 positions. The final stage will see interested parties invited in for interview.