Hundreds of people have passed the initial phase of recruitment after Sussex Police advertised for new police constables.
The force had a huge response when it opened its five-day recruitment window last week for the first time in four years. Some 1,440 people passed the initial phase of the recruitment process to fill 80 positions.
The men and women now have to undertake a further six stages to the recruitment process, including written and role play exercises, interviews and a 20-week pre-joining course to complete in their own time.
Deputy Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Waight said: “I am delighted with the response to the recruitment drive for PCs. The high number of interested applicants shows a career in the police is still very much sought after.
“It also means that Police will have a strong pool of applicants to choose from to go forward to the next stage of the recruitment process. I look forward to meeting the final selected applicants when they take up their posts out and about within the communities of Sussex.”
The recruitment page on the Sussex Police website was viewed on 19,706 occasions, with the information pack downloaded more than 14,200 times.
There are currently 2,879 officers in Sussex, of which 2,116 are constables.